By Sami Zaptia.
London, 13 August 2021:
A new shipment of 117,600 Astra Zeneca anti-Coronavirus vaccines landed at Tripoli’s Mitiga airport late last night, UNICEF Libya reports.
UNICEF reported that this is the third batch of vaccines to arrive in Libya through the COVAX Facility.
The UN body explained 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 in May.
It explained that it is facilitating the procurement, arrival, and delivery of the vaccines, which will help speed up the national vaccination programme.
This third consignment to arrive through COVAX is, overall, the twelfth consignment of vaccines to arrive in Libya.
It brings the total number of the four brands (Sputnik V, Astra Zeneva, Pfizer and Sinovac/pharm) received in Libya to 3,398,652 doses.
Vaccine arrivals 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|
|12||Oxford AstraZeneca||117,600||120821||Via Covax|
Another 500,000 doses arriving
Earlier this month the Libyan government said that another 500,000 doses (250,000 each of Pfizer and of Astra Zeneca) are also expected soon.
Libya has ordered 12 million doses
Libya had announced it had ordered a total of 12 million doses for its population of 6.9 million people. The vaccine is available to non-national residents and illegal migrants too.
Over 800,000 vaccinated
According to the latest figures released by Libya’s National Disease Control Centre (NDCD), 801,568 people have now received a vaccination.
Vaccination drive launched
The government has launched a nationwide vaccination drive starting in the two biggest population centres, Tripoli and Benghazi.