PA says it’ll buy Russian coronavirus vaccine, 1st shipment next month

Palestinian Authority Health Minister Mai al-Kaila announces that a deal has officially been struck between Russia and the PA to provide Moscow’s controversial Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to the Palestinians.

A Russian official says in a statement that the shipment of vaccines will arrive in the West Bank next month. Palestinian health officials had previously speculated that the Sputnik vaccines could arrive as soon as the end of December, although those predictions proved unfounded.

A Russian medical worker prepares a shot of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. Thousands of doctors, teachers (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Public health experts have been skeptical of the Russian vaccine, which they charge was produced and rolled out without sufficiently stringent testing mechanisms.