Italy donates 117,600 doses of AstraZeneca anti-Coronavirus vaccines to Libya

By Sami Zaptia.

Italy donates 117,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines to Libya (Photo: Italian embassy)

London, 16 September 2021:

Italy donated 117,600 doses of the AstraZeneca anti-Coronavirus vaccines to Libya. The consignment arrived at Mitiga airport yesterday with the help of UNICEF through the COVAX/GAVI facility. Libya is a self-funding member of the COVAX/GAVI facility.

At his questioning session in parliament last week, Libya’s Prime Minister, Abd Alhamid Aldabaiba said that none of the vaccines that had arrived in Libya so far had been donated and that Libya has had to pay for them.

The Italian embassy yesterday said the vaccines were ‘‘donated’’ to Libya. It said ‘‘After the generous mission of Libyan doctors to Rome at Celio Hospital last year, Italy and Libya are still working together to face the pandemic.’’

Libya’s vaccines and Coronavirus update

Italy’s AstraZeneca donation follows on from AstraZeneca deliveries from Greece and Malta on 17 August.

Malta had sent 40,000 doses of AstraZeneca anti-Coronavirus vaccines and an equal number of Rapid Antibody test kits. The process was conducted through close cooperation with the World Health Organization and Libya’s Health Ministry.

The Maltese consignment arrived on the same day as another consignment of 200,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines arrived at Mitiga from Greece. Italy’s donation makes it the fifth consignment of AstraZeneca vaccines to arrive in Libya.

Overall, it is the fifteenth consignment of vaccines to arrive in Libya. It brings the total number of the four brands (Sputnik V, Astra Zeneca, Pfizer and Sinovac/pharm) received in Libya to 3,756,252 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
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
8 Sputnik V 100,000 060721 ?
9 Sputnik V 500,000 190721 ?
10 Sinovac/pharm 1,200,000 020821 ?
11 Sinovac/pharm 800,000 040821 ?
12 Oxford AstraZeneca 117,600 120821 Via Covax
13 Oxford AstraZeneca 200,000 170821 Via Greece
14 Oxford AstraZeneca 40,000 170821 Via Malta
15 Oxford AstraZeneca 117,600 150921 Italy/Covax
Total: 3,756,252


Libya has ordered 12 million doses

It will be recalled that the Libyan government had announced earlier that it had ordered a total of 12 million doses for its official 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) today, 1,266,669 people have now received a vaccination, of which 145,217 have also received their second dose.

This means that Libya is sitting on over 1.25 million doses not rolled out yet. Many Libyans have complained to Libya Herald that they are still awaiting their second Sputnik dose.

Vaccination drive launched

The government had launched a nationwide vaccination drive starting in the biggest population centres of Tripoli, Benghazi, Sebha and Misrata.

The latest Coronavirus cases and vaccinations

Meanwhile, the latest NCDC figures reported today read as follows:

Total number of people vaccinated – 1st dose 1,266,669
Total number of people vaccinated – 2nd dose 145,217
Total number of Coronavirus cases 328,856
Total number of recovered cases 243,672
Total number of active cases 80,704
Total number of deaths 4,480
Total number of tests conducted over last 24 hours 5,039
Rate of infection 20.8 percent


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