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Parliamentary questions
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5 October 2021
P-004529/2021
Priority question for written answer  P-004529/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Kateřina Konečná (The Left)
 Subject: Non‑recognition of certain COVID‑19 vaccines by the EU (the European Medicines Agency) and the consequences for EU and non‑EU citizens

Since the European Medicines Agency (EMA) does not recognise the Sputnik V vaccine, there are severe restrictions for EU and non‑EU citizens vaccinated with it, as they are not eligible for the EU Digital COVID Certificate.

This applies to residents of San Marino, who, because they were unable to receive EMA‑recognised vaccines from Italy, were vaccinated with Sputnik V.

While the Commission recognises vaccine certificates issued by San Marino, Italy, which surrounds San Marino, does not.

This is the case despite different tests by universities showing that Sputnik V is effective and safe.

1. Does the Commission recognise the problems caused by the non‑recognition of Sputnik V? Is it in contact with the Italian authorities with a view to facilitating a solution?

2. What is the current situation with regard to the ‘rolling review’ of the Sputnik V vaccine by EMA? Is there a timetable in place to add Sputnik V to the list of EMA‑recognised vaccines?

3. Does the Commission have a proposal on how to mitigate the restrictions for citizens of San Marino until Sputnik V is recognised by EMA?

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