Syria gets vaccines from ‘friendly country’ after Israel said to have bought doses for it

Syria says it has received coronavirus vaccines from a “friendly country,” according to state media, after reports Israel agreed to purchase Russian vaccines for the country as part of a prisoner exchange.

Syrian Health Minister Hassan Ghabash doesn’t specify where the vaccines are from.

As part of the Russian-brokered deal for the return of an Israeli woman who crossed into Syria, Israel agreed to buy $1 million worth of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine for Syria’s use, according to a report last week.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said no Israeli vaccine doses were sent to Syria, but didn’t explicitly deny the report.