20,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine delivered to Gaza Strip - newspaper

20,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine delivered to Gaza Strip - newspaper

A batch of 20,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik V anti-coronavirus vaccine has been delivered from the United Arab Emirates to the Gaza Strip, the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported on Sunday, TASS reports. 

According to the local health authorities, a vaccination campaign among medical personnel and people with chronic diseases will kick off on Monday.

According to the newspaper, the vaccines reached the Gaza Strip via the Rafah checkpoint at the border with Egypt. It became possible thanks to the efforts of Mohammed Dahlan, a Palestinian politician and former Fatah leader in the Gaza who has been living in exile in the United Arab Emirates for many years. The delivery was sponsored by the UAE.

The first batch of 2,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine was delivered to the Gaza Strip from Ramallah on February 17. The delivery was initiated by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and was transported via the Kerem Shalom crossing point at the border with Israel after approval of the Israeli side.

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