The WHO has said it expects a decision on the Sinopharm vaccine to come first, and Sinovac after.

The World Health Organization is expected to decide this week to approve two Chinese vaccines for emergency use against COVID-19, a senior WHO official said.

Such approval would mark the first time that a Chinese vaccine would be granted a so-called emergency use list from the United Nations health agency, and would trigger a wider rollout of Chinese vaccines that are already in use in some countries other than China.

Mariangela Simao, deputy director-general for access to medicines, vaccines and pharmaceuticals, says some “final arrangements” remain to be made before crucial word from WHO technical advisory group comes on vaccines Sinopharm and Sinovac.

“We expect we will have both decisions by the end of this week,” she said.

The WHO has said it expects a decision on the Sinopharm vaccine to come first, and Sinovac after.

“We know that some countries depend on this decision to proceed with their vaccination,” said Simao.

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