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WHO seeks more information about Russia coronavirus vaccine

Catherine Smallwood, a senior emergency official at WHO Europe, said 'this concern that we have around safety and efficacy is not specifically for the Russia vaccine, it’s for all of the vaccines under development.'

August 20, 2020 / 05:19 PM IST
5 | India should get 500 million doses by July 2021 to vaccinate 25-30 crore people, says Harsh Vardhan: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on November 19 said that while the government will not be able to provide vaccination against COVID-19 to the entire population of India together, by June or July 2021,

5 | India should get 500 million doses by July 2021 to vaccinate 25-30 crore people, says Harsh Vardhan: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on November 19 said that while the government will not be able to provide vaccination against COVID-19 to the entire population of India together, by June or July 2021, "we should have 400-500 million doses". "So we should be able to inoculate 25-30 crore people," Vardhan said.

The World Health Organization’s Europe office says it has begun discussions with Russia to try to get more information about the coronavirus vaccine that Russia approved last week before the shot had passed the advanced trials normally required to prove it works.

Catherine Smallwood, a senior emergency official at WHO Europe, said “this concern that we have around safety and efficacy is not specifically for the Russia vaccine, it’s for all of the vaccines under development.”

She acknowledged WHO was taking an “accelerated approach” to try to speed development of coronavirus vaccines but said “it’s essential we don’t cut corners in safety or efficacy.”

Smallwood said WHO has begun “direct discussions” with Russia and that WHO officials have been sharing “the various steps and information that’s going to be required for WHO to take assessments.”

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first published: Aug 20, 2020 05:19 pm
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