Israel agrees to buy Sputnik V vaccine for Syria as part of prisoner swap

Source : 112 Ukraine

Israel paid Russia $1.2 million to provide the Syrian government with Covid-19 vaccine
11:22, 22 February 2021

RIA Novosti

The Israeli government agreed to purchase Russian-made Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine for Syria. The vaccine will be purchased as part of a deal that secured the release of an Israeli woman held captive in Damascus. It was reported by The New York Times.

Last week, a young Israeli woman was released from custody in Syria after being arrested for illegally crossing Syria. According to the official version, she became the beneficiary of a simple prisoner exchange. The Israeli government said that in return for her freedom, she had been exchanged for two Syrian shepherds captured by the Israelis.

Related: Ukraine’s government bans use of Russian Covid-19 vaccines

The woman was released after Israel secretly agreed to finance a shipment of Sputnik V vaccine for Syria.

According to the Associated Press, Israel paid Russia $1.2 million to provide the Syrian government with coronavirus vaccines.

As we reported earlier, Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine reduces virus transmission by 89.4%.

Data analysis in a study by the Israeli Health Ministry and Pfizer Inc found the Pfizer vaccine developed with Germany’s BioNTech reduces infection, including in asymptomatic cases, by 89.4% and in syptomatic cases by 93.7%.

Findings of the pre-published study, not yet peer-reviewed, but based on a national database that is one of the world’s most advanced.

Related: San Marino becomes 30th country to approve Sputnik V vaccine


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