MEXICO, October 14. Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said that, according to him, WHO's decision to certify the Russian vaccine against COVID-19, which is used in this country, will not take long, and called the delay in procedures unjustified.
“According to our estimates, the decision on Sputnik V and CanSino will not take long. We are putting pressure on the World Health Organization, because, for example, Sputnik is used in 65 countries, and CanSino is used in 20 countries,” the official said. in an interview with Formula radio station.
According to Ebrard, the WHO procedures regarding the Russian vaccine are unjustifiably delayed, and Mexico hopes for its early approval. Worldwide, but not approved by WHO. The issue of approval of the Russian vaccine in WHO has become especially relevant for Mexico after the decision to open the border with the United States – a condition for entry into the United States from November 1 will be the presence of a vaccine against covid from the list of WHO-approved drugs. WHO Senior Researcher Sumiya Swaminathan previously told RIA Novosti that the world organization could approve the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year if the necessary legal documents are signed in the coming days. Sputnik V has been approved in 70 countries with a total population of 4 billion people, this is more than 50% of the world's population. Sputnik V ranks second in the world in terms of the number of approvals received by government regulators. The vaccine efficacy was 97.6% based on the analysis of data on 3.8 million vaccinated Russians, which is higher than the data previously published by the medical journal The Lancet (91.6%), the RDIF and the Gamaleya Research Center reported earlier. Russia may supply Sputnik V for fire services in Central America