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EU's Moscow envoy says Russia has delayed EMA inspections of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine
8 October 2021 -

The EU's ambassador to Moscow has said that Russia has repeatedly delayed inspections by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) necessary for the certification of its Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine in the European Union, Reuters news agency reported on Friday.

The Sputnik V vaccine, widely used in Russia and approved for use in more than 70 countries, is currently under review by the World Health Organization and the EMA.

EU ambassador Markus Ederer was quoted as telling Russia's RBC media outlet: "This is a technical rather than a political process. When Russian officials talk about the process being delayed and politicised by the European side, I sometimes think they are largely referring to themselves because it is them who makes this about politics."

Russia has reportedly accused the West of refusing to certify its flagship vaccine for political reasons. Without EMA approval, it is harder for Russians to travel throughout the EU.

The TASS news agency cited the health ministry as saying on Friday that EMA inspectors might carry out a visit to Russia in December 2021.

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