Libya Takes Delivery Of First COVID-19 Vaccines

Workers handle boxes of the newly-received first batch of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus, before stockpiling them in refrigerated units inside the storage facilities of the Libyan health ministry, in the capital Tripoli, on April 4, 2021. PHOTO: Mahmud TURKIA / AFP


Libya’s interim Prime Minister on Sunday announced the arrival of the first batch of vaccines against Covid-19, as the war-torn country’s crumbling health system struggles against a mounting caseload.

“Thanks to God, we have managed to import the first batch of coronavirus vaccines,” Abdul Hamid Dbeibah tweeted, saying further doses were on the way.

“I call on the Libyan people to sign up via the vaccine portal,” he added, referring to a website launched by the North African country’s authorities in early March ahead of the first deliveries.

The health ministry said in a statement that just over 100,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik V jab had…


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