Croatian medical agency inspecting Russian vaccine documentation

HALMED received documentation from the health ministry on the Russian vaccine and a team of ten HALMED experts are conducting a preliminary inspection of the documentation to determine if the delivered documents comply with what had been requested. [Shutterstock/Seda Yalova]

The Croatian agency for medicinal products and medical devices (HALMED) said on Monday that a preliminary inspection of the documentation on the Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine was underway.

HALMED received documentation from the health ministry on the Russian vaccine and a team of ten HALMED experts are conducting a preliminary inspection of the documentation to determine if the delivered documents comply with what had been requested. 

The agency said that no requests for emergency imports of the Russian vaccine have so far been made and that no procedure of such kind would be made for the time being.

HALMED will thoroughly inspect the documents forwarded by the health ministry and, if necessary, request additional documents from the Russian producer to ensure readiness for emergency imports should the need arise, the agency said.

“In the past week, we have had 4,566 new cases, with the weekly number of cases increasing by 28.8%. The incidence rate is 198.4, the lowest being in Istria and the highest in the Dubrovnik area,” said Krunoslav Capak, director of the Croatian Public Health Institute (HZJZ).

The results of sequencing of 355 samples have shown that the UK COVID-variant was found in 204 samples, the Czech variant was detected in 45 samples, and the South African variant in four. Two people infected with the South African variant were travelling from Mexico to Croatia via Turkey, and two persons have been infected in Croatia. 

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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