Health Watchdog says use of Pfizer vaccine in Russia 'illegal'

12:24, 14 January 2021
Health Watchdog says use of Pfizer vaccine in Russia 'illegal' Photo: Cecilia Fabiano/Keystone Press Agency/Global Look Press

The use of vaccines that have not passed state registration in Russia by the country's clinics is illegal, Health Watchdog said, commenting on the possibility of offering the Pfizer vaccine and other foreign drugs at private medical establishments.

Under the working legislation, the import and the use of vaccines to prevent the novel coronavirus infection that has not passed state registration in Russia is prohibited. The ban also applies to medical organizations operating on the territory of the International Medical Cluster, Interfax agency quotes the watchdog.

State Duma Deputy Tatyana Solomatina said earlier that the Pfizer vaccine is available in a private Israeli clinic located in the Skolkovo medical cluster. According to her, this is possible because the clinic operates 'according to other laws.' The parliamentarian noted that they in the clinic offered her to be vaccinated with this drug, but she opted for the domestic jab. Solomatina added that the clinic administers Pfizer for a fee.

The clinic itself clarified that they are negotiating the supply of vaccines, but it is too early to talk about the possibility of vaccination and the timing. reported earlier that Pfizer might file application to register its COVID vaccine in Russia.