U.S. authorities on Tuesday approved a vaccine for the coronavirus that could help control the spread of the disease.
The US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday granted a waiver of restrictions imposed by Russia in August, which prevented the Russian government from releasing the coronaprovirus vaccine for use in the U.N.-supervised Russian-led campaign to vaccinate people in the West.
The vaccine will be given to more than 7,000 people in Russia who have been vaccinated since August.
“It is not yet clear how the vaccine will make its way to the rest of Russia, but we do know that it is not currently available in pharmacies,” said David J. Gittins, director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control at the Treasury Department.
The Russian government had previously said the vaccine would be ready to use within six months, but in a statement on Tuesday said it would take “a few more months” to get it into pharmacies.
The new approval was an important step forward in Russia’s coronaviravirus effort, which has been hampered by a lack of availability of vaccines in pharmacies.
Gittins said the U,S.
approval is a positive step toward making the vaccine available in Russia and will help ease concerns among Russia’s doctors about its efficacy.
Gattins said that if Russia continues to provide the vaccine, the US government should review whether to suspend the use of the Russian-supplied vaccine in the country.