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TV: Israel may waive quarantine for tourists vaccinated with Sputnik V

A medical worker administers a shot of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine at a vaccination center in Gostinny Dvor, a huge exhibition venue in Moscow, Russia, July 12, 2021. (Pavel Golovkin/AP)
A medical worker administers a shot of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine at a vaccination center in Gostinny Dvor, a huge exhibition venue in Moscow, Russia, July 12, 2021. (Pavel Golovkin/AP)

Israel is expected to allow tourists who received Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to enter the country and waive the quarantine requirement, provided they take an antibodies test, the Kan public broadcaster reports.

The report comes ahead of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Friday.

Launched in August 2020 and proudly named after the world’s first satellite to symbolize Russia’s scientific prowess, Sputnik V has been approved in some 70 countries. The World Health Organization and the European Medicines Agency have not yet approved Sputnik V for use.

The AP contributed to this report.

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