WHO: Legal Procedures for Sputnik V Underway

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Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine is now going through legal procedures to gain World Health Organization (WHO) clearance, WHO Assistant Director General Mariangela Simao said during a press conference on Wednesday, TASS reports.

“As for Sputnik, the process is ongoing; we are now conducting certain legal procedures,” she explained.

Sputnik V was certified in Russia on August 11, 2020, becoming the world’s first officially registered coronavirus vaccine. It was the first adenoviral platform preparation created employing the novel heterogeneous boosting (“vaccine cocktail”) technique.

The employment of two distinct vectors for the vaccine’s two components results in a greater and more lasting immune response. Sputnik V has been recognized in 69 countries, with a total population of over 3.7 billion people.