Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine is currently going through legal procedures to secure an approval of the World Health Organization (WHO), WHO Assistant Director General Mariangela Simao told a briefing on Wednesday, according to TASS.

"As for Sputnik, the process is ongoing, we have some legal procedures undergoing at the moment." she noted.

Sputnik V was certified in Russia on August 11, 2020, becoming the first officially registered vaccine against coronavirus worldwide. It became the first preparation on the adenoviral platform developed using the unique heterogeneous boosting ("vaccine cocktail") approach.  Thanks to the use of two different vectors for the vaccine’s two components, a stronger and more durable immune response is achieved.  To date, Sputnik V has been certified in 69 countries with the total population surpassing 3.7 billion people.

Recall, three coronavirus vaccines are used in Tajikistan: Moderna; AstraZeneca; and CoronaVac.

As far as CoronaVac is concerned, this COVID-19 vaccine produced in China was given the green light for global rollout in June 2021.  The World Health Organization approved it for emergency use.  CoronaVac was found to be 51% effective at preventing COVID-19 in late-stage trials, and researchers say it will be key to curbing the pandemic.  CoronaVac is one of two Chinese vaccines already sustaining vaccination campaigns in more than 70 nations.