New York: Any vaccine for the coronavirus disease, including Russia’s Sputnik-V vaccine, must be cleared by the World Health Organization, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in a press briefing on Wednesday. In September, Russian President Vladimir Putin in his speech at the UN General Assembly offered to provide free Sputnik-V vaccines to all UN staff worldwide. “Those discussions are ongoing,” Dujarric said when asked about Russia’s offer. “For us, any vaccine must be cleared by the WHO, but discussions are ongoing.”
In August, Russia became the first country in the world to register the vaccine against COVID-19, created by the Gamaleya Institute. Phase 3 clinical trials were launched in Moscow on September 7.
A total of 40,000 volunteers are due to take part in the tests and as many as 10,000 of them will receive a placebo.