First consignment of 54,600 doses of Pfizer vaccines arrive in Tripoli

By Sami Zaptia.

A consignment of 54,600 Pfizer vaccines arrive in Tripoli through Covax (Photo: UNICEF).

London, 25 June 2021:

A new consignment of 54,600 doses of Pfizer anti-Coronavirus vaccines arrived at Tripoli’s Mitiga airport yesterday, Libya’s Health Ministry, the National Centre for Disease Control and UNICEF reported. The consignment arrived through the COVAX Facility.

While this is the first batch of Pfizer vaccines to arrive, it is the third batch of vaccines to arrive through COVAX.

UNICEF reported that the Pfizer vaccines will be distributed to vaccination centres across the country, based on a distribution plan designed in coordination with the health authorities.

It also pointed out that Libya is a self-financing participant in the COVAX Facility and already received the first shipment of 57,600 doses in April and second shipment of 117,600 doses – both AstraZeneca brands.

UNICEF reported that Libyan government representatives welcomed the arrival of additional does of COVID-19 vaccines and appreciated the efforts of UNICEF, WHO, CEPI and GAVI.


Brand Quantity Date of arrival Note
1 Sputnik V 101,252 040421 Via UAE
2 Oxford AstraZeneca 57,600 080421 Via Covax
3 Sputnik V 100,000 090421 ?
4 Sinovac 150,000 140421 Via Turkey
5 Oxford AstraZeneca 117,600 190521 Via Covax
6 Sputnik V 100,00 150621 ?
7 Pfizer 54,600 240621 Via Covax
Total: 681,052


Overall, it is now the seventh consignment of vaccines to arrive in Libya since the first shipment (of Sputnik V) arrived on 4 April. It brings the total number of vaccines of the four brands to arrive in Libya to 681,052 doses.

Libya’s Ministry of Health expects a total of 12 million doses to arrive over time.

Libya’s population is 6.9 million excluding foreigners and illegal migrants, but the government has vowed to vaccinate all present in Libya irrespective of their legal status. On 2 June, the online registration system was opened for non-Libyans.

The latest Coronavirus cases and vaccinations

Meanwhile, the latest National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) figures reported yesterday read as follows:


Total number of people vaccinated 372,281
Total number of Coronavirus cases 191,660
Total number of recovered cases 177,106
Total number of active cases 11,369
Total number of deaths 3,185
Total number of tests conducted over last 24 hours 2,960
Total rate of infection 6.2 percent


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