The World Health Organization (WHO) says discussions are underway with Russia regarding a possible pre-qualification of the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine.
“We’re in close contact with the Russian health authorities and discussions are underway regarding a possible pre-qualification of the vaccine by WHO,” WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told a virtual press briefing on Tuesday, reports Xinhua.
Jasarevic explained that the pre-qualification of any vaccine involves rigorous review and evaluation of all the data required for safety and efficacy in clinical trials and noted that at the WHO level, this process would be the same for any candidate.
He said each country has national regulatory bodies that approve the use of vaccines or drugs in its territory. ……….