The World Health Organization on Thursday listed Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, the organization announced in a statement.
This designation “opens the door for countries to expedite their own regulatory approval processes to import and administer the vaccine,” WHO said. “It also enables UNICEF and the Pan-American Health Organization to procure the vaccine for distribution to countries in need.”
WHO conducted its own assessment of the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. The emergency use listing means that Pfizer will continue to generate data on the vaccine and share it with WHO.
A WHO advisory board will meet on Jan. 5 to outline recommendations for the distribution of the vaccine to populations.