WHO says ‘near’ to solving issues on Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine

GENEVA: On Friday, a World Health Organization spokesperson said that health agency was “near” to resolving issues on Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, without giving a date for a potential emergency use listing.

The widely used Sputnik V shot in Russia approved for use in over 70 countries is undergoing a review by the WHO and the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Their approval could open up new markets for the shot, especially in Europe.”We are slowly solving most of the issues… ” Fadela Chaib said at a Geneva briefing.

Mikhail Murashko was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency “Russia’s position on promotion and registration of the Sputnik V vaccine was heard, we have removed all the questions for today. ” He also said that the company which is dealing with Sputnik V registration at WHO only “has to sign a few documents, submit a few additional papers.”

Therefore, Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said last week that all barriers to register the vaccine with the WHO had been cleared and only some paperwork remained to be completed.

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