All staff of Lebanon’s national carrier, Middle East Airlines (MEA), and the Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport will begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
That also includes employees of its subsidiaries such as MEA Ground Handling (MEAG), MEA Services (MEAS), and Mideast Aircraft Services Company (MASCO).
In a statement, MEA announced that the vaccination of all airport and MEA employees will start on Tuesday afternoon at the MEA Clinic, its appointed COVID-19 vaccination center.
The airline company chose to go with the Russian-made “Sputnik V” vaccine supplied by Pharmaline, the Lebanese pharmaceutical company which has secured 1 million vaccines for Lebanon. The company is owned by MP Jacques Sarraf.
According to MEA’s statement, it will be the first private sector company in Lebanon to receive the Sputnik V vaccine and start the inoculation process.
The campaign will be launched under the patronage and in the presence of Health Minister Hamad Hassan and the Minister of Public Works and Transport Michel Najjar.
Lebanon’s top COVID-19 health expert Firass Abiad applauded the effort of the private sector saying that it is “a very good step.”
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