Slovakia becomes the second EU country to start using Sputnik V vaccine

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Slovakia became the second country in the EU after Hungary to start inoculating citizens with Russia's Sputnik V vaccine on Monday, news wires reported. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has yet to approve the vector vaccine, but Slovakia has begun to roll out the jab, despite extensive internal debate. Hungary has also started using Sputnik V.

Slovakia received 200,000 doses of Sputnik V in March, after former prime minister Igor Matovic ordered them secretly, sparking a controversy that contributed to his ouster, dpa recalls. Initially, only people aged between 18 and 60 are to be able to book appointments to receive the shot, which is offered on a voluntary basis. The uptake of appointments to receive the Sputnik V jab has been far lower than had been initially anticipated, according to local media reports. Matovic, now finance minister, blamed this on what he described as a "despicable campaign."

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