Dabeiba: If the situation worsens, Libyans will be required to take the vaccine to travel

Libya's Prime Minister warns that if citizens continue to take the situation lightly, vaccinations will become a requirement for travel and hospital entry

If successful, Libya’s Prime Minister will not be the first world leader to tighten restrictions on those refusing to get vaccinated. [Photo: GNU]

Abdelhamid Dabeiba, Head of the Government of National Unity, said that if the country’s health condition worsens, Libyan nationals would be forced to get vaccinated in order to travel and visit hospitals.

To speed up the immunization procedure, the Prime Minister said that 500,000 Pfizer and AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine doses would be given in the next months.

According to a press statement, Al-Dabeiba revealed in a meeting with the Minister of Health of the Government of National Unity, Ali Al-Zanati, that 250,000 Pfizer and 250,000 AstraZeneca dosages will be delivered shortly for distribution.

Following the success of the Government of National Unity in delivering 1 million and 311,000 doses of the vaccine, and vaccinating 600,000 people with the first shot, the PM anticipates another 2 million doses to arrive in Libya in the coming period.

The GNU Prime Minister urged all Libyans and non-Libyans to acquire the vaccination, emphasizing that it is a chance to save the lives of individuals, especially children, who are being targeted by the epidemic’s current wave.

The head of government stated that the country could no longer afford to lose more lives, which meant that the Government of National Unity might take strong action to obtain the vaccine, such as not allowing any citizens to travel or be treated in hospitals without it, which could make it mandatory for young people, adults, and athletes to take the vaccine.

According to research, 90 per cent of individuals who received the vaccination were able to deal with the third wave of the Covid-19 outbreak, which indicates that the forthcoming 2 million doses represent an opportunity for the Libyan people to achieve herd immunity against the fatal virus.

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