Libya buys 2.8 million Covid-19 shots to arrive in May

Libya buys 2.8 million Covid-19 shots to arrive in May

January 12, 2021 - 20:31
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

Director of the Center for Disease Control, Badr Al-Din Al-Najjar

The Head of the Libyan National Center for Disease Control, Badr Al-Deen Najjar, said Libya had finished all procedures to reserve and purchase 2.8 million vaccine shots, which will be enough for 1.4 million people.

Najjar said Tuesday that the vaccines will come from COVAX facility that is working under the supervision of the World Health Organization (WHO).

"The vaccines will arrive in Libya after four months from now. We have ruled out Pfizer and BioNtech vaccines because they need to be stored at minus 70 Celsius, which cannot happen in Libya." He said.

The Head of the National Center for Disease Control indicated that Libya hadn't registered any cases of the new variant of the Coronavirus, adding that the spread of the pandemic in the country is slowing down compared to Europe that is seeing a second wave of the virus.

He added that Libya has been witnessing a hike in cases lately, with a very slight increase in deaths and considerable increase in cases in quarantine centers.

Libya registered Tuesday 652 new cases of Covid-19, 33 deaths and 922 recoveries, bringing the active Coronavirus cases in the country to over 22.000.