WHO approves China's Sinopharm vaccine for emergency use
"This afternoon, the WHO gave emergency use listing to Sinopharm, Beijing's COVID-19 vaccine, making it the sixth vaccine to receive WHO validation for safety, efficacy, and quality," said WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus.
He announced the jab at a twice-weekly webinar on COVID-19.
"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. Mariangela Simao, 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."
It also allows countries to expedite their regulatory approval to import and administer COVID-19 vaccines.
The listing assesses the quality, safety, and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, and risk management plans and programmatic suitability, such as cold chain requirements.
The assessment is performed by the product evaluation group, composed of regulatory experts from around the world and the Technical Advisory Group (TAG).
The TAG is 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, according to the WHO.