160 tons of Russian assistance, including 250 thousand COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik Light dose, arrive in Damascus

Damascus, SANA-  Some 160 tons of assistance presented by Federal Russia to Syria have arrived in on Saturday in Damascus International Airport.

The Russian assistance includes 250 thousand COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik Light dose, other medical requirements related to COVID-19 detection kits – enough for one million.

SANA reporter said that the Russian aid includes 250,000 doses of the “Sputnik Lite” vaccine and medical supplies regarding laboratory tests to detect the Coronavirus (kits), enough for one million.

In a speech at the assistance delivery ceremony, Head of the National Center for Defense of the Russian Federation, Major General Mikhail Mezentsev expressed his country’s continued support to Syria and its people as considered “a reliable ally and strategic partner for Federal Russia in the Middle East Region.”

Mezentsev added that a Russian ministerial delegation arrived on Saturday in Syria, renewing his country’s support to the efforts of the return of the Syrian displaced.

He indicated that the main reason behind the difficult economic situation that the Syrian people are living is the policy of economic measures adopted by the Western countries against them.

He pointed out that the assistance includes food stuffs, health care supplies and school stationery.

For his part, Minister of Local Administration and environment in the caretaker government Hussein Makhlouf thanked, on behalf of the Syrian people, Russia of providing humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people, asserting that they come as a continuation of the prospects of close cooperation between the two countries in all domains.

In a statement to journalists, Health Minister in the caretaker government Hassan al-Ghabbash said that the Russian side presented 250,000 doses of Sputnik Lite and a One million COVID-19 PCR tests.

Hala Zain

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