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Czech Republic turns to China for coronavirus vaccine supplies

Czech President Milos Zeman wrote to China's Xi Jinping in a bid to obtain coronavirus vaccine supplies, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Prague, 4 February 2021 (dpa/MIA) — Czech President Milos Zeman wrote to China’s Xi Jinping in a bid to obtain coronavirus vaccine supplies, a spokesman said Wednesday.

According to the Czech embassy in Beijing, China decided to “immediately comply.”

So far, Hungary has been the only EU state to start administering the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine.

The jab has not yet been approved by the European Medicines Agency.

Zeman made a similar appeal to Russia, which has developed its own Sputnik V vaccine.

The Czech Republic is battling a huge wave of coronavirus cases despite a lockdown.

Many hospitals are overstretched and lacking doctors and nursing staff.

The country of 10.7 million people has administered some 702,000 doses of vaccines from BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca.

Since the pandemic started, it has recorded more than 1.2 million coronavirus infections and 20,941 related deaths.

It recently recorded a seven-day stretch during which more than 780 people per 100,000 were infected with the new coronavirus.

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