WHO Inspection of Sputnik V Vaccine to Take Place After January 2022
10:15 GMT 04.12.2021 (Updated: 11:11 GMT 04.12.2021)
GENEVA (Sputnik) - Experts from the World Health Organisation will arrive in Russia to assess the Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 no earlier than in January 2022, the WHO's press service told Sputnik.
The organisation and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) discussed the need to obtain extra data on the quality, safety, and effectiveness of Sputnik V in late November. The RDIF promised to present a road map of data submission so that the WHO could speed up the assessment. The information is expected to be submitted by late December, and an inspection cannot be made before that, the WHO said.
© Sputnik / Alexandr KryazhevA medical worker prepares a syringe with the Sputnik Light vaccine against COVID-19 at the Laser Love clinic of hardware cosmetology, in Novosibirsk, Russia
A medical worker prepares a syringe with the Sputnik Light vaccine against COVID-19 at the Laser Love clinic of hardware cosmetology, in Novosibirsk, Russia
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In early October, Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said that all barriers to the recognition of Sputnik V in the WHO had been removed, with only administrative procedures remaining. In late November, RDIF CEO Kirill Dmitriev also confirmed that the fund expected the WHO inspection in December.
The Sputnik V vaccine is authorised in 71 countries with a total population of 4 billion people.