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WHO says ‘no change’ in Sputnik V approval process after official from regional arm claimed it had been ‘suspended’ – TASS

WHO says ‘no change’ in Sputnik V approval process after official from regional arm claimed it had been ‘suspended’ – TASS
There has been no change of the approval status of the Russian-developed Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, which is still waiting for additional paperwork, a World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson has told news agency TASS.

“There is no new development of the situation. We are still awaiting additional data from the applicant and manufacturers,” the WHO representative said on Thursday.

The data in question is “necessary before the start of corrective and preventive measures aimed at reviewing the results of the audit and reviewing the remaining parts of the dossier.” After all the necessary paperwork is received, the approval process will resume, the spokesperson added.

The world’s first registered vaccine against Covid-19, Sputnik V has run into trouble with getting approval from the UN health watchdog. Earlier in the day, the assistant director of the Pan American Health Organization, a regional arm of the WHO serving the Americas, Jarbas Barbosa, claimed the approval process has been “suspended.”

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With the formula also awaiting a green light from the EU watchdog, European Medicines Agency (EMA), for months now, officials in Moscow – and experts around the world – have suggested that the protracted process has been politically motivated from the start. 

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