Libya receives massive 1.6 million dose shipment of Covid-19 vaccines

GNU's Prime Minister welcomed the delivery of Libya's largest shipment of Covid-19 vaccines, calling the delivery a huge achievement in the fight against the virus

The new shipment brings the total vaccines delivered to Libya to 2.5 million doses. [Photo: GNU]

Abdelhamid Dabeiba, Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity, announced today the arrival of the biggest consignment of Covid-19 vaccinations to Libya.

In a press conference at Mitiga international airport, the PM hailed the arrival of the large shipment of WHO-approved Sinopharm as an important achievement in the fight against Covid-19.

The cargo that arrived today is estimated to include one million, two hundred and sixty thousand doses, with another 800,000 doses of the same vaccine expected to arrive later this week on Tuesday.

On this occasion, the Prime Minister encouraged people and residents to the vaccination centres since it was the only method to defend against this illness.

In turn, Mr Ali Al-Zanati, Minister of Health, stated that the percentage of new viral infections had decreased from 68 per cent to 24 per cent as a consequence of government efforts, including a partial ban and essential preventative measures.

He also informed people that 432 vaccination centres had been established across Libya and that the Ministry of Health had conducted exceptional vaccine campaigns in more than one city.

In a similar vein, the Prime Minister in a recent statement, said that if the country’s health condition worsens, Libyan nationals would be required to get vaccinated in order to travel and visit hospitals.

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.

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