WHO in talks with Russia on emergency use of Sputnik coronavirus vaccine

ottles with Russia’s Sputnik-V vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are seen before inoculation at a clinic in Tver, Russia, on October 12, 2020. (Reuters)



The World Health Organization (WHO) is in discussions with the Russian institute that developed the Sputnik V candidate vaccine against COVID-19 over its potential application for emergency use listing, the UN agency said on Thursday.

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In a statement to Reuters, the WHO said: “We look forward to receiving the data for their Sputnik V candidate vaccine. If a product submitted for assessment is found to meet the criteria for listing, WHO will publish the results widely.”

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By granting the vaccine emergency use listing, the WHO would effectively be recommending its use to member states.

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is 92 percent effective at protecting people from COVID-19 according to interim trial results, the country’s sovereign wealth fund said on Wednesday.

Read more: After Pfizer’s vaccine announcement, Russia says it own vaccine over 90 pct effective

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