Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad has been vaccinated against the coronavirus.
That happened after Syria received its first shipment of Russian Sputnik V vaccines, the Syrian ambassador to Russia told Interfax news agency.
Diplomat Riad Haddad did not disclose the number of vaccines his country has received. He did say that doctors and top figures were among the first people to receive the drug.
The vaccination comes too late for Assad. The president is said to have contracted the virus earlier this year and recovered after a few weeks.
The corona pandemic was another blow to Syrians after years of civil war in their country. This is facing major economic problems, and that also has consequences for the fight against the virus.
Aid workers warned earlier this year that corona patients could not be picked up by ambulances due to fuel shortages, for example.