EMA officials to visit Russia in April as Sputnik V review continues

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A health worker holds a vial of Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine. /Andrej Isakovic/AFP
A health worker holds a vial of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine. /Andrej Isakovic/AFP

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will send representatives to Russia in April as its probe of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine continues.

Reuters reports Russia’s health minister Mikhail Murashko to have said on Monday, that  EMA officials would arrive in the country on April 10.

Earlier this month, EMA’s human medicines committee (CHMP) started a rolling review of Sputnik V developed by Russia’s Gamaleya National Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology.

The agency said the rolling review will continue until enough evidence is available for formal marketing authorization application.

EMA said it would assess Sputnik V’s compliance with the usual EU standards for effectiveness, safety and quality.

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