WHO plans Sputnik V inspection in Russia in February

WHO plans Sputnik V inspection in Russia in February

The World Health Organization (WHO) plans to organize an inspection in Russia in February 2022 as part of the procedure of approving Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine for emergency use, Rogerio Gaspar, Director of the WHO Regulation and Prequalification (RPQ) Department, said on Monday.

According to Gaspar, the process of considering Russia’s application on Sputnik V "was restarted" and now there are "two deadlines for the submission" of documents. Part of the package is to be submitted by December 30 and the rest - by late January, he explained.

"We hope the applicant will conclude the submission of the application by the end of January," he said, adding that meanwhile the WHO is beginning to plan a GMP inspection in Russia.

"Our plan right now, provided all information is onboard <…> by the end of December, we will be able to perform GMP inspection locally on Sputnik in February," TASS cited him as saying.