Libya receives third batch of Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine

A shipment of 100 thousand doses of Russia's sputnik vaccine arrived in Libya yesterday to be distributed as a part of Libya's national vaccination campaign

As it stands Libya has recorded 198,142 cases of Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, a number notably smaller than neighbouring countries. [Photo: MSO]
The third batch of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, consisting of 100,000 doses, was delivered to Libya’s Medical Supply Organization (MSO) this week.

The shipment arrived yesterday afternoon at Mitiga International Airport and will be distributed to the public as the first dose of the two-dose system.

The spread of the Covid-19 in Libya has slowed significantly in recent months, with the country recording its first few days without any Covid-related deaths in May.

Dr Badr Al-Deen Al-Najar, Director of the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), cautioned the public, stating that there is a “high possibility” that the mutated Indian strain of COVID-19, known as the Delta variant, will reach Libya.

Al-Najjar added on Monday that the Delta virus is still spreading wildly through Egypt and Tunisia and will soon reach Libya and that this new variant “is characterized by a very rapid spread,” warning of complications because it “may be stronger than other strains.”

He confirmed that, aside from those who received two doses of the vaccine, which will be officially distributed next week, there is no special protection against this new strain of the virus.

Al-Najjar also indicated that the operator machines that are designed to recognize the Delta strain will arrive in Libya within the next ten days.

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