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SNS sues media for reports of party links to flu vaccine deal

One of the junior ruling coalition members, the Slovak National Party (SNS), has filed a libel lawsuit against both the media and the head of the Parliamentary Health Committee, Viliam Novotný, a deputy for the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), the SITA newswire reported.

One of the junior ruling coalition members, the Slovak National Party (SNS), has filed a libel lawsuit against both the media and the head of the Parliamentary Health Committee, Viliam Novotný, a deputy for the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), the SITA newswire reported.

The Pravda daily outraged SNS after it revealed facts hinting at the party’s involvement in the lucrative business with the novel flu vaccine that Slovakia purchased from the French company Sanofi-Pasteur for €7.6 million. Pravda wrote that Vladimir Oleár, the assistant of SNS parliamentary deputy Štefan Zelník, who is a member of the parliament’s health committee will benefit from the vaccine contract, as he is the French company’s representative in Slovakia.

A few days later, the same daily reported that Zelník’s partner in the company Hygma, Ladislav Čornák, will distribute the vaccine through his company Intec Pharma. Novotný said that Pravda's revelations confirm that the signing of the deal will be postponed until the right supplier is found. SITA

Compiled by Michaela Stanková from press reports
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