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WHO Representative to Russia Optimistic About Endorsement of Sputnik V COVID-19 Vaccine

© REUTERS / DENIS BALIBOUSEA logo of the World Health Organization (WHO), is seen before a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland, June 25, 2020.
A logo of the World Health Organization (WHO), is seen before a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland, June 25, 2020.  - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The WHO Representative to Russia, Melita Vujnovic, expressed hope that the global health agency will soon put Russia's Sputnik V vaccine on its list of recommended vaccines against the novel COVID-19 coronavirus.

“The Russian developer, like other developers, applied to the WHO, and the procedure is underway. So we hope to hear soon that it [the vaccine] goes further. Certainly, we are optimistic, as always," Vujnovic told the Rossiya 24 channel, when asked whether the global health agency was ready to recommend the vaccine.

In August, Sputnik V became the first COVID-19 vaccine registered in Russia and the world. The vaccine is currently in phase 3 trials in Russia as well as in Belarus, the United Arab Emirates and Venezuela. India and Brazil are set to join the trials, according to reports. Sputnik V is claimed to be 92-percent effective based on data from the first 16,000 trial participants that received both shots of the two-dose vaccine.

 

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