All barriers to registering Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine with the World Health Organization (WHO) have been removed and some paperwork remains to be completed, Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said on Saturday.
Widely used in Russia and approved for use in more than 70 countries, Sputnik V injection is under review by the WHO and the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Their approval could open up new markets for the shot, especially in Europe.
Murashko met WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in Geneva.
“The Russian position on the promotion and registration of the Sputnik V vaccine was heard, we have removed all questions for today,” Murashko told Interfax news agency.
He said the company dealing with Sputnik V registration with the WHO only needs to “sign a few documents, submit a few extra papers”.
WHO was not immediately available for comment.
The WHO said in July that its assessment of how Russia produces the Sputnik V vaccine found problems filling bottles at a factory. The manufacturer said it had since allayed all concerns from the WHO.
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