I am having a bit of hard time pondering over why there is not an article before "Possible who pre-qualification of the vaccine" in the following sentence:

We are in close contact with Russian health authorities and discussions are ongoing with respect to possible WHO prequalification of the vaccine.

This excerpt has been taken from "The Economic Times" newspaper.

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    Are you aware of what WHO stands for in this context? – cjl750 Aug 12 '20 at 7:54
  • @cjl750 Yes, its World health organization. – SANTOSH KUMAR Aug 12 '20 at 23:10
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    But as it is, it sounds OK without any article - definite or indefinite. – Ram Pillai Aug 19 '20 at 11:51
  • @RamPillai ok. Thanks for replying. But shouldn't there be any article before "pre-qualification" since there is only "one" pre-qualification is going to be done? And hence, a distinct one? May be definite as well? – SANTOSH KUMAR Aug 21 '20 at 21:40
  • Here, 'possible WHO pre-qualification' is an NP used in a general way. Hence, it is fine without an article. If it was something like, ...unavoidable WHO pre-qualification... we could use an article due to the nature of emphasis. – Ram Pillai Aug 22 '20 at 2:09

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