By Sami Zaptia.
London, 25 June 2021:
A new consignment of 54,600 doses of Pfizer anti-Coronavirus vaccines arrived at Tripoli’s Mitiga airport yesterday, Libya’s Health Ministry, the National Centre for Disease Control and UNICEF reported. The consignment arrived through the COVAX Facility.
While this is the first batch of Pfizer vaccines to arrive, it is the third batch of vaccines to arrive through COVAX.
UNICEF reported that the Pfizer vaccines will be distributed to vaccination centres across the country, based on a distribution plan designed in coordination with the health authorities.
It also pointed out that Libya is a self-financing participant in the COVAX Facility and already received the first shipment of 57,600 doses in April and second shipment of 117,600 doses – both AstraZeneca brands.
UNICEF reported that Libyan government representatives welcomed the arrival of additional does of COVID-19 vaccines and appreciated the efforts of UNICEF, WHO, CEPI and GAVI.
|Brand||Quantity||Date of arrival||Note|
|1||Sputnik V||101,252||040421||Via UAE|
|2||Oxford AstraZeneca||57,600||080421||Via Covax|
|5||Oxford AstraZeneca||117,600||190521||Via Covax|
Overall, it is now the seventh consignment of vaccines to arrive in Libya since the first shipment (of Sputnik V) arrived on 4 April. It brings the total number of vaccines of the four brands to arrive in Libya to 681,052 doses.
Libya’s Ministry of Health expects a total of 12 million doses to arrive over time.
Libya’s population is 6.9 million excluding foreigners and illegal migrants, but the government has vowed to vaccinate all present in Libya irrespective of their legal status. On 2 June, the online registration system was opened for non-Libyans.
The latest Coronavirus cases and vaccinations
Meanwhile, the latest National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) figures reported yesterday read as follows:
|Total number of people vaccinated||372,281|
|Total number of Coronavirus cases||191,660|
|Total number of recovered cases||177,106|
|Total number of active cases||11,369|
|Total number of deaths||3,185|
|Total number of tests conducted over last 24 hours||2,960|
|Total rate of infection||6.2 percent|
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