Russian vaccine: rigorous procedures are needed according to WHO


The World Health Organization reacted cautiously to Russia's announcement on Tuesday of the development of a vaccine against Covid-19, recalling that the “prequalification” and approval of a vaccine were passing by "rigorous" procedures.

“We are in close contact with the Russians and discussions are continuing. The prequalification of any vaccine goes through rigorous procedures, ”pointed out Tarik Jasarevic, WHO spokesperson, during a video-press conference, after being asked about the announcement by the Russian president. that Russia had developed the "first vaccine" against the new coronavirus.

“Prequalification includes the review and evaluation of all required safety and efficacy data collected during clinical trials,” he recalled, stressing that the process would be the same for any vaccine candidate. .

In addition to the validations granted in each country by the national agencies, "WHO has set up a prequalification process for vaccines but also for drugs, which is a guarantee of quality for manufacturers", t -He insists.

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