WHO: Two Chinese vaccines may soon get approval for use

Geneva: World Health Organization (WHO) is set to decide this week whether to approve two Chinese vaccines for emergency use against Covid-19 in the world according to a report of top WHO official.

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Such an approval will mark the first time that a Chinese vaccine had ever been granted a so-called emergency use listing from the UN heath agency, and would trigger a broader rollout of Chinese vaccines that are already being in some countries other than China.

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Mariangela Simao, assistant director-general for access to medicines, vaccines and pharmaceuticals, says “Some final arrangements remain to be made before the crucial word from a WHO technical advisory group comes on the Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines.”

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“We expect that we will have both decisions by the end of this week.” Simao added.

Further, WHO said, “it expects a decision on the Sinopharm vaccine to come first, and Sinovac afterwards.”

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