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Healthcare

Czech PM Babis says will wait for EU approval of Sputnik vaccine

PRAGUE, April 7 (Reuters) - The Czech Republic will wait until the EU’s European Medicines Agency (EMA) approves Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V before using it in the central European country, Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Wednesday.

Babis was speaking after appointing his fourth health minister of the pandemic. President Milos Zeman had sought to have the previous minister removed over his opposition to using Sputnik without EMA approval.

“I want to stress (the ministerial change) is not about Sputnik,” Babis said. “We will wait for the decision of the EMA.” (Reporting by Jan Lopatka; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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