The manufacturer of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V has applied for registration of the drug in South Africa, ENCA reports, citing the South African Ministry of Health.
They clarified that the South African Medicines Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has already received the documents that are required for registration.
The Ministry of Health added that the country’s medical authorities are in “constant interaction” with the manufacturers of Sputnik V.
Earlier, the head of the Ministry of Health of South Africa, Zvelini Mkize, said that the country was interested in receiving a Russian vaccine.
At the moment, South Africa is in first place among all African countries in terms of the number of people infected with COVID-19 and deaths from coronavirus. In the country, 1 491 807 infected, 47 899 patients have died.
Earlier, The Economic Times wrote that the South African authorities want to return to India a million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. The authorities came to such a decision after conducting trials of the drug at the South African University of the Witwatersrand and at the University of Oxford. They showed that the AstraZeneca vaccine provides only minimal protection against the disease caused by the prevailing strain of coronavirus in South Africa.