By Sami Zaptia.
London, 5 August 2021:
A consignment of 800,000 doses of the Chinese Sinovac/pharm anti-Coronavirus vaccines arrived in Tripoli yesterday. The consignment, the eleventh, had been heralded by the Prime Minister and the Health Minister last Monday upon the arrival of the first part of this consignment of 1.2 million doses.
Vaccine arrivals in Libya
|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|
This latest consignment of vaccinations brings the total number of the four brands (Sputnik V, Astra Zeneka, Pfizer and Sinovav/pharm) received in Libya to 3,281,052 doses.
Another 500,000 doses arriving
Another 500,000 doses of other branded vaccines (250,000 each of Pfizer and of Astra Zeneca) are also expected soon, which would take the grand total to 3.78 million doses.
Libya has ordered 12 million doses
Libya had announced it had ordered a total of 12 million doses for its population of 6.9 million people. The vaccine is available to non-national residents and illegal migrants too.
The latest Coronavirus cases and vaccinations
Meanwhile, the latest National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) figures reported today read as follows:
|Total number of people vaccinated||737,417|
|Total number of Coronavirus cases||262,948|
|Total number of recovered cases||196,714|
|Total number of active cases||62,571|
|Total number of deaths||3,398|
|Total number of tests conducted over last 24 hours||9,425|
|Rate of infection||21. percent|
Public urged to get vaccinated
The public have now been urged to go and get vaccinated at over 430 nationwide vaccination centres to mitigate the pandemic and as a national duty. Unlike previously, they now no longer need to be registered on the Health Ministry’s online system.
Education suspended for another week
The government has also suspended all levels of education in western Libya for another week – to coincide with the 6pm to 6am lockdown.
The Coronavirus infection rate in Libya has now dropped from a high of 68 percent to 21 percent according to the latest statistics reported by the NCDC today. The government puts this down to the partial lockdown announced last week.