Syrian authorities announced Sunday the arrival of 293,650 doses of Cuban vaccines against meningitis, for an estimated value of US$930,000, as the Syrian people are affected by a Western trade blockade.
The delivery was part of an agreement signed by Syria and Cuba, which includes bank settlements for Syria’s recent debts and the importation of a variety of Cuban medicines, according to the Public Establishment of Foreign Trade in Syria.
In 2016, the Cuban government sent vaccines meant to fight diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, Hepatitis B and influenza.
The Syrian government also imported vaccines against five communicable diseases affecting children from other sources.
The war-torn country has suffered six years of conflict, which may be coming to an end after the Syrian army liberated Aleppo from anti-government forces.