Lebanon Is Set To Acquire COVID-19 Vaccine In Early 2021

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Struggling with the unprecedented rise in coronavirus infections, Lebanon is expected to get the newly announced COVID-19 vaccine in early 2021.

Three days into the 2-week lockdown, Lebanon’s caretaker Health Minister Hamad Hassan announced that the coronavirus vaccine would be available as of the first quarter of 2021.

According to Hassan, Lebanon has signed two agreements with Pfizer and COVAX to cover around two million people in the country, reported NNA.

On his end, the head of the Parliamentary Health Committee MP Assem Araji said he doesn’t expect Lebanon to get the vaccine until March or April of next year.

He stated in an interview on a local radio show that even after the vaccine becomes available, people will still have to wear masks during that time.

As of now, Lebanon has surpassed 100,000 infections and the country is currently under total lockdown with a night curfew and driving restrictions.

This time, security forces are taking extremely strict measures to ensure people abide by the lockdown regulations. In fact, since the beginning of the lockdown on Saturday, the ISF has issued around 7,000 fines related to violations of the lockdown.

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