The manufacturers of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine to combat the coronavirus pandemic requested the World Health Organization (WHO) to certify the drug, the representative of the agency attached to the United Nations Organization (UN) in Russia announced on Thursday, Melita Vujnovic.
During an interview with a Moscow radio station, Vujnovic commented that so far the WHO has not issued certification to any of the candidate vaccines that are being developed in the world to eradicate Covid-19.
“The WHO has not announced any vaccines yet, because vaccines are in an evaluation system. This system, called the Emergency Use List, is practically the type of conditional certification that is carried out in the event of a pandemic, ”said the WHO representative.
The Sputnik V vaccine, registered on August 11 by the Russian Government, shows 92 percent efficacy during the third phase of clinical trials. Some 40,000 people have been volunteers in this stage of scientific research.
According to the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), at the beginning of December the massive production of about 500 million doses of Sputnik V per year will begin to distribute on a global scale.
According to the US Johns Hopkins University, there are 56,358,603 infections with the coronavirus in the world to date and 1,351,381 deaths have accumulated since the beginning of the pandemic.