Brazilian approval of Sputnik V vaccine delayed by lacking information By Reuters

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BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s well being regulator is looking for additional information on Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine earlier than contemplating its approval for emergency use.

Paperwork supporting drugmaker Uniao Quimica’s software for emergency use of the vaccine have been returned to the corporate as a result of they didn’t meet its minimal standards, the watchdog stated on Saturday.

In a press release on the Well being Ministry’s web site, regulator Anvisa stated the request failed to offer satisfactory assurances on Section III medical trials and points associated to the manufacture of the vaccine.

Uniao Quimica is looking for approval for using 10 million doses of Sputnik V in Brazil within the first quarter of this yr.

Russia’s RDIF sovereign wealth fund, which is selling Sputnik globally, on Sunday stated that Anvisa had requested extra data that may be supplied shortly.

Its assertion stated that such requests from regulators had been customary process and don’t imply the registration bid has been rejected. It additionally stated that laws going via the Brazilian Senate, if authorised, would enable use of vaccines authorised by different international locations.

Moscow has authorised Sputnik for Russian home use, although medical trials there haven’t but been accomplished.

Anvisa officers had beforehand stated that the Sputnik V vaccine must be submitted to Section III medical trials in Brazil earlier than its use might be authorised.

Anvisa stated on Saturday that any applicant requesting emergency use authorisation should present that the vaccine would ship long-term security and effectiveness.

The regulator is anticipated to decide on Sunday about authorising emergency use of vaccines developed by China’s Sinovac and Britain’s AstraZeneca (NASDAQ:).

RDIF stated that Sputnik had already been registered in Serbia, Belarus, Argentina, Bolivia, Algeria, Venezuela, Paraguay and by the Palestinian authorities.

Registrations in two extra international locations are anticipated subsequent week, it stated.

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