The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed today it has received the first 10,000 doses of the Russian-manufactured Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine.
Speaking at a press conference with Russian ambassador to Palestine Gocha Buachidze, Minister of Health Mai Alkaila said the first batch of the Sputnik V vaccine will be allocated to five thousand people in Palestine, mainly medical staff.
She said an additional 50,000 Sputnik V doses are expected to arrive to Palestine during the next week, and that other batches of the Russian vaccine are expected to gradually enter the country during upcoming months.
Alkaila pointed out that priority will be given to medical staff, people with chronic diseases and the elderly.
The health minister added that the ministry has developed a complete plan regarding the vaccination program against the coronavirus, as per the recommendations of the World Health Organization.
Donations from COVAX organization, China and other friendly countries, institutions supporting the Palestinian people, and Palestinian communities abroad are also expected here in the near future, she said.
Meanwhile, Russia's ambassador Buachidze confirmed that an additional 50,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine will arrive in Palestine next week.