"The Syrian Arab Republic has completed all procedures for the registration of the vaccine from Russia. Permission to use the drug on Syrian territory has also been issued," the Syrian embassy said in a statement cited by TASS.
Alexander Lavrentyev, Russian Special Envoy to Syria, earlier said that the possibility of direct supplies of the Sputnik V vaccine to Syria was being worked out. This initially required permission from the Syrian Ministry of Health.
Sana news agency reports that the number of people infected with COVID-19 in Syria since the beginning of the epidemic is 15,179, and that 998 people have died from the coronavirus.
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov earlier noted that Moscow "has helped and will continue to help Syria". The New York Times reported that the vaccine deliveries would be made in return for the release of an Israeli citizen who had ended up in Syria. Dmitry Peskov did not give any details on the subject.
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