Kirill Dmitriev, head of Russia’s Direct Investment Fund which bank-rolled the Sputnik V jab, revealed he has reached agreements with Italy, Spain, France and Germany to begin making the vaccine.
The European factories will be used to supply the vaccine to Europe “once approval is granted by European Medicines Agency,” according to Mr Dmitriev.
Mr Dmitriev added how this would be a major coup for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
This comes after several EU Member States – led by Hungary – broke ranks with the bloc and began using the jab following the disastrous vaccine rollout across the continent.
Several EU countries have shunned the Britsh-made AstraZeneca vaccine over fears it could cause blood clots.
However, European regulators, the World Health Organisation and the pharmaceutical company itself saying the jab is safe.
Yesterday, Ireland became the latest country to halt the use of the AstraZeneca jabs, cancelling more than 30,000 vaccine appointments this week.
They followed the likes of Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Bulgaria who have all banned the use of AstraZeneca vaccine – which was developed with Oxford University.
This comes after countries across the continent have seen a rise in cases of the virus.
Italy has announced new lockdown measures from today, while Paris is also facing tighter measures as cases continue to overwhelm hospitals.
Cases have also risen sharply in countries such as Sweden, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
Conservative MP Peter Bone hit back at Brussels arguing it is “beggars belief” that doses of the vaccine are going unused despite the EU’s disastrous vaccine rollout.
He told MailOnline: “I personally think the [EU] commission is trying to attack what we’ve done in this country and the vaccine that has been produced on the basis that attack is the best form of defence.”
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