OREANDA-NEWS. The UN is calling on its staff in countries where Sputnik V is being vaccinated to be vaccinated with this vaccine. Secretary General of the organization Antonio Guterres stated this in an interview with Russian news agencies.

Guterres said literally on this occasion: "We, of course, urge the UN staff who work in countries that vaccinate Sputnik to be vaccinated with this vaccine."

In a speech at the UN General Assembly in September 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to provide the organization's employees with a Russian vaccine against coronavirus free of charge. The vaccine developers presented it as part of a virtual event on the sidelines of the UNGA session. The UN reported that the organization is studying the proposal of the Russian president and is in contact on this issue with the WHO.

“First of all, many UN staff members have already received the Sputnik vaccine, namely in the Russian Federation. And we would like to be able to use it ourselves, but we are awaiting the approval of the World Health Organization, which is necessary from the point of view of the UN's work,” Guterres said. answering the question of whether the UN is still considering a proposal from Russia to use the Sputnik V vaccine for the organization's employees.

Earlier, a WHO expert said that the organization expects to give its assessment of the safety of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine at the end of June or in July.