The Emergency Use Listing process for Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine is on hold pending some missing data and legal procedures, which The World Health Organization said it hopes will be “sorted out quite soon”.
“We are working almost on a daily basis with the ministry of health in Russia to address the remaining issues to be fulfilled by the Russian Direct Investment Fund,” Mariangela Simao, WHO assistant director-general for access to medicines and health products, said on Wednesday.
Simao said that as soon as an agreement was reached, the WHO will reopen the case and assess data that was submitted, even though it was “still incomplete” and resume manufacturing site inspections in Russia.
“All submissions that we have, they are addressed the same way,” she said and did not specify a timeline for when the listing process could be completed.
Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko earlier this month said that all barriers to registering the vaccine with the WHO had been cleared and only some paperwork remained to be completed.
In Russia take-up of the vaccine has been slow, with many citing distrust of the authorities and fear of new medical products. Just 33 percent in Russia are fully vaccinated.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia needed to speed up its vaccination campaign against COVID-19 as the country recorded 973 coronavirus-related deaths on Tuesday, its highest single-day toll since the start of the pandemic.
In total, Russia has recorded more than 7.7 million cases and more than 426,000 deaths.