Sputnik V vaccine could be certified in Europe by the end of June. Evarist Bartolo, the Maltese Healthcare Minister said so as cited by Kommersant. According to the official, a number of European countries will launch production on its territory. The European Medical Agency is ready for registration, but the Russian side needs to provide the documentation and evidentiary record.
The Russian side, however, has doubts whether it is possible. Aleksei Vodovozov, the Russian scientific journalist points out that actually, it will take several rounds of committee approvals to complete the certification of Sputnik V in the EU. "The process actually takes a while. It consists of several stages. European representatives need to visit the production facilities, including those to be used for production of Sputnik V vaccine doses, which will be sent to Europe", he said.
Last week, head of Russia's foreign intelligence Sergei Naryshkin accused the EMA of intended delay of registration of Sputnik V vaccine. According to him, it was due to "signals coming from high offices in the EU".