US News Covid-19: Russia has submitted its Sputnik V vaccine for "prequalification" to WHO

20:40  27 october  2020
20:40  27 october  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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Russia continues its sprint in the race for the vaccine against the coronavirus. She submitted to the World Health Organization a request for prequalification of Sputnik V, announced Tuesday the Russian sovereign wealth fund, involved in the development of this vaccine. Russia "is one of the first countries in the world to ask the WHO for the prequalification of its vaccine against the new coronavirus", the authorities say.

"In the context of the pandemic, the accelerated registration of the vaccine according to the (WHO) procedure will make the Russian vaccine accessible to all in a shorter period compared to conventional procedures," added this press release. "A successful preselection will allow the Sputnik V vaccine to be included in the list of drugs used by […] countries for bulk purchases of drugs," said the Russian authorities.

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A second vaccine registered

Russia announced in early August that it had developed and registered the “first” vaccine against Covid-19 developed by the Moscow research center Gamaleïa with the Russian Ministry of Defense. In Russia, registration by the authorities is the preliminary step to the final phase of clinical trials.

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Dubbed Sputnik V, in reference to the first artificial satellite in history designed by the Soviet Union, this vaccine aroused skepticism around the world, in particular because it had not reached the final phase of testing at the time of the announcement.

A large part of the Russian political elite has nevertheless said that they have been vaccinated, Vladimir Poutine citing the example of one of his daughters. And the government hopes to deploy it massively in the country in the coming months. Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia had registered its second vaccine against the coronavirus.

Russia has experienced a major resurgence of the epidemic in recent weeks. The country is in fourth place in the world in terms of the number of recorded cases, with a total of 1,547,774 infections and 26,589 deaths.

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© Franck Dubray / Ouest-France The intensive care unit of the Nantes University Hospital with patients suffering from Covid-19 coronavirus. More than 2,900 Covid-19 patients were hospitalized in intensive care on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. They occupy half of the beds currently available in France in these services welcoming the most seriously ill patients, according to the latest official figures. But as the epidemic progresses, saturation is fast approaching.

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