Coronavirus vaccine. WHO believes that the production of Sputnik V does not meet the required standards. The World Health Organization announced the suspension of the approval process of the Russian preparation.
Russia first applied to the WHO for approval of its Sputnik V vaccine in February this year, but the WHO decided to delay its approval until another inspection could be carried out at one of the Sputnik V production sites. Euronews recalls, that the results of the research published in the medical journal “The Lancet” indicate that the Russian vaccine has 91.6 percent. effectiveness against coronavirus. The official Sputnik Twitter account recently published information that the preparation showed an effectiveness of 97.2%. during the vaccination campaign in Belarus.
Sputnik V vaccine. WHO is holding Russia’s application
However, both the WHO and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said they were still waiting for full data from the vaccine manufacturer. WHO Deputy Director Jarbas Barbosa further explained that Russia’s application was withheld because “when checking one of the factories where the vaccine is produced, it turned out that the plant did not meet the latest production standards.”
– The (vaccine) manufacturer must take this into account, make the necessary changes and be ready for a new inspection. WHO is waiting for information from the manufacturer that the production line meets the standards, said Barbosa.
WHO previously raised concerns about possible contamination of the preparation at the Sputnik V manufacturing plant in Ufa. In June this year. however, plant management company Pharmstandard said WHO inspection “did not identify any critical issues”.
“We invite WHO to the next inspection. We remain fully transparent and we will continue the WHO prequalification process” – wrote the company’s authorities in a press release.
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