World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced that the body had authorized the emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine made by China's Sinopharm DW reported.
It is the first time WHO has given the green light to a Chinese-made vaccine.
The Sinopharm jab is the sixth vaccine to receive approval from the global health body.
It is the first non-Western vaccine to gain WHO emergency use approval.
The WHO had already given such approval to vaccines developed by BioNTech-Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna.