Creators of Sputnik V demand apology from EMA over words on emergency vaccine application

Earlier the representative of the Austrian Health Agency Krista Wirtumer-Hohe compared the possibility of emergency approval of Sputnik V in Austria to “Russian roulette”

The creators of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V have demanded an apology from the chairman of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), representative of the Austrian Health Agency Christa Wirtumer-Hohe, for comparing the possibility of emergency approval of the drug to “Russian roulette”.

“We demand a public apology from Krista Wirtumer-Hohe of the EMA for her negative comments about the EU states directly approving Sputnik V. Her comments raise serious questions about possible political interference in the review process. EMA has not allowed such statements about any other vaccine. Such comments are inappropriate and undermine the credibility of the agency and the review process itself,” the vaccine said in a post on Twitter.

Earlier, Krista Wirtumer-Hohe on the Austrian TV channel ORF compared the possibility of emergency approval of Sputnik V in Austria to ‘Russian roulette’ as was done in Hungary.

On 4 March, the EMA announced the start of a sequencing review process for the Sputnik V vaccine. The EU regulator said that during the review, experts will assess the drug’s compliance with EU standards in the areas of efficacy, safety and quality. A number of EU member states have already approved the use of Sputnik V on an individual basis without waiting for a pan-European registration of the vaccine by the EMA. The vaccine is currently registered in Hungary and Slovakia.

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