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Sputnik V’s review by EMA, WHO ‘going ahead as planned’, assures health minister

Russia hasn’t received any critical questions so far, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said

ST. PETERSBURG, June 4. /TASS/. The review process of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is on track as scheduled, Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday.

"Everything is going ahead as planned. Next they’ll have to put together a report, finalize some recommendations on fine-tuning some [issues]. We haven’t received any critical questions so far, I think the entire effort is on track as scheduled, and we are awaiting the results," Murashko elaborated.

In late April, the health minister said that experts from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) had concluded the first stage of Sputnik V’s evaluation.

CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) Kirill Dmitriev said the issue of Sputnik V’s registration by the WHO would be ironed out in the next several months.

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, organized by the Roscongress Foundation, is being held on June 2-5. The event also includes forums touching on Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SME), other discussion panels such as the Healthy Society and Drug Safety forums as well as the SPIEF Junior session.

SPIEF-2021 is being hosted in a face-to-face format with all anti-coronavirus measures in effect. TASS is the official photo hosting agency and information partner of the event.