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About Russia’s plans on participation in WHO’s COVAX Facility

  From the briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, Moscow, September 23, 2020

Question: Is Russia planning to participate in the WHO mechanism called COVAX, which is meant to arrange equitable vaccine access for all countries?

Maria Zakharova: We are closely following the WHO initiatives in combatting the coronavirus and often comment on them (practically every week of late). Russian representatives took part in several meetings on the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator. On September 10, Russian Healthcare Minister Mikhail Murashko participated in the first meeting of the ACT Accelerator Facilitation Council. He represented our country at the online vaccine summit organised by the WHO and the UK this June.

  The COVAX mechanism is part of the ACT initiative, which provides for the development, production and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, as well as for the financing of these activities. Russia has been hard at work in these areas. One of the results was the registration of the first COVID-19 vaccine called SPUTNIK V. We are making efforts in coordination with the WHO to re-qualify the vaccine for export. And new vaccine preparations created by Russian scientists are also going to be available soon.