OREANDA-NEWS. Brazil's national regulator Anvisa said it had sent to the country's Supreme Court a list of documents required to make a decision on the import of the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine.

The day before, a judge of the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil gave 48 hours for Anvisa to explain what documents are missing to consider the issue of importing a Russian vaccine. This determination was issued in response to a request submitted by the government of the state of Maranhao, which, like a number of other regions of the country, is awaiting a decision on the Russian drug.

The regulator said in a statement: “Anvisa submitted documents to the Supreme Federal Court on May 10 to analyze a request for authorization ... for the import and distribution of the Sputnik V vaccine.

In late April, Anvisa rejected a request from regional governments to import the Sputnik V vaccine pending the provision of the required "missing information".

Despite the delay, Brazilian lab União Química continues preparations for the production of the Sputnik V vaccine by investing and hiring new employees, company president Fernando Márquez said at a parliamentary hearing.