By Sami Zaptia.
London, 20 July 2021:
A consignment of 500,000 doses of Sputnik V anti-Coronavirus vaccines arrived by plane at Tripoli’s Mitiga airport yesterday, the Health Ministry reported.
This is the fifth batch of Sputnik V vaccines to arrive in Libya bringing the brand’s total vaccines to 901,252 – the most of the four brands that have arrived in Libya.
|Brand||Quantity||Date of arrival||Note|
|1||Sputnik V||101,252||040421||Via UAE|
|2||Oxford AstraZeneca||57,600||080421||Via Covax|
|5||Oxford AstraZeneca||117,600||190521||Via Covax|
Overall, it is now the nineth 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 1,281,052 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 those 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 today read as follows:
|Total number of people vaccinated||490,614|
|Total number of Coronavirus cases||226,701|
|Total number of recovered cases||184,476|
|Total number of active cases||38,916|
|Total number of deaths||3,309|
|Total number of tests conducted over last 24 hours||3,974|
|Total rate of infection||44.8 percent|
Confusion over Sputnik V or Sputnik Light
There is, nevertheless, confusion over which type of Sputnik vaccine is the latest consignment made up of. The Ministry of Health and National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) refer to the batch of 500,000 doses as Sputnik V. The government’s information site Hakomitna is referring to it as the one-shot Sputnik Light.
Last week during a joint press conference with the Health Minister, Official Government Spokesperson Mohamed Hamuda said that Libya is to receive 500,000 doses of the one-shot only Sputnik Light ‘‘by the end of the week.’’
He said the new Sputnik Light also has the advantage of being able to be stored at between 8-2 degrees which is more convenient for many outlying and small health centres in the country. This may be the cause of the confusion, although the photographs of the latest consignment being unloaded from the plane are marked Sputnik V.
Hamuda had also confirmed that around 450,000 people have been vaccinated so far with around 800,000 registered on the official Health Ministry website waiting for their turn.
Meanwhile, leading the joint press conference, Health Minister Ali Zanati had said that while there have been increased numbers of Coronavirus infections, and the virus seems to be spreading at a faster rate, there have been less cases of deaths and hospitalizations.
He had announced that the Ministry will be conducting intensive campaigns in the hotspots as of Thursday and asked Libyans to socially distance over the coming Eid holidays.
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