Slovakia becomes the second EU country to use Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine
Penelope Liersch in Budapest
It took months of political discussions but on Monday, Slovakia became the second country in the European Union to vaccinate citizens against COVID-19 using Russia's Sputnik V jab – despite it still not having approval from the bloc's regulator.
Those first to be inoculated with it were able to choose the Russian jab from a list of four possible vaccines being used in the Central European nation.
The road to using Sputnik V started months ago and the roll-out has been held up several times. In March, former Slovakia Prime Minister Igor Matovic ordered 2 million doses as part of a deal he said was needed to speed up the vaccine program.