By Sami Zaptia.
London, 12 May 2021:
About 100,000 people in Libya have received the first dose of the anti-Coronavirus vaccine, the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported yesterday.
Libya’s national vaccination campaign against the Coronavirus was launched within the Tripoli municipality and other health centres across its municipalities on 17 April.
Libya had received over 400,000 doses of three brands in April:
|Brand||Quantity||Date of arrival||Note|
|1||Sputnik V||101,252||040421||Via UAE|
|2||Oxford AstraZeneca||57,600||080421||Via Covax|
The vaccination rollout was to be as follows:
1-Astrazeneca vaccine for: All those above 70 years old registered on the online system.
2-Sputnik V vaccine for: a/Frontline healthcare personnel. b/ 50 to 60 year olds registered on the online system.
However, in reality, anyone can now get vaccinated as long as they are registered on the online system. Libya Herald knows of a number of thirty- and forty-year-olds who have been vaccinated.
This came about as many of the targeted groups did not come forward for their vaccinations. This is partly due to the fasting month of Ramadan, a rejection of the vaccination and a rejection of the Russian/Chinese vaccines.
The latest Coronavirus cases
Meanwhile, the latest NCDC figures report today that Libya has had a total of 180,945 cases, with 167,322 recoveries, 10,541 active cases and 3,082 deaths from Coronavirus.
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