WHO approves emergency use of China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine

WHO approves emergency use of China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine
WHO approves emergency use of China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine

We show you our most important and recent visitors news details WHO approves emergency use of China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine in the following article

Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - GENEVA — The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday gave an emergency use listing to Sinopharm, China's COVID-19 vaccine, making it the sixth vaccine to receive WHO validation for safety, efficacy and quality, the UN health agency said in a press release.

“The addition of this vaccine has the potential to rapidly accelerate COVID-19 vaccine access for countries seeking to protect health workers and populations at risk,” said Dr. Mariângela Simão, WHO assistant director-general for access to health products.

“We urge the manufacturer to participate in the COVAX Facility and contribute to the goal of more equitable vaccine distribution.”

The Sinopharm vaccine is produced by Beijing Bio-Institute of Biological Products Co Ltd, a subsidiary of China National Biotec Group (CNBG).

Commenting on the WHO's nod to the vaccine, Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tweeted on Friday, saying: "WHO urges governments to offer incentives to manufacturers to share technology & know-how. And we encourage countries with the most vaccines to donate doses through COVAX, which is the fastest & most equitable way to increase the distribution of vaccines globally."

WHO’s Emergency Use Listing (EUL) is a prerequisite for COVAX Facility vaccine supply. It also allows countries to expedite their own regulatory approval to import and administer COVID-19 vaccines.

The EUL assesses the quality, safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, as well as risk management plans and programmatic suitability, such as cold chain requirements. The assessment is performed by the product evaluation group, composed by regulatory experts from around the world and a Technical Advisory Group (TAG), in charge of performing the risk-benefit assessment for an independent recommendation on whether a vaccine can be listed for emergency use and, if so, under which conditions.

In the case of the Sinopharm vaccine, the WHO assessment included on-site inspections of the production facility.

The Sinopharm product is an inactivated vaccine called SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (Vero Cell). Its easy storage requirements make it highly suitable for low-resource settings. It is the also first vaccine that will carry a vaccine vial monitor, a small sticker on the vaccine vials that change color as the vaccine is exposed to heat, letting health workers know whether the vaccine can be safely used.


These were the details of the news WHO approves emergency use of China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine for this day. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information. To follow all our news, you can subscribe to the alerts system or to one of our different systems to provide you with all that is new.

It is also worth noting that the original news has been published and is available at Saudi Gazette and the editorial team at AlKhaleej Today has confirmed it and it has been modified, and it may have been completely transferred or quoted from it and you can read and follow this news from its main source.

NEXT Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta — WHO uses Greek alphabet to name COVID-19 variants