Libya starts COVID-19 vaccination drive

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People register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Tripoli, Libya, on April 17, 2021. The Director of the National Center for Disease Control of Libya, Dadr Addin Annajar, on Saturday announced the start of the vaccination against COVID-19 in Tripoli. (Photo by Hamza Turkia/Xinhua)
People register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Tripoli, Libya, on April 17, 2021. The Director of the National Center for Disease Control of Libya, Dadr Addin Annajar, on Saturday announced the start of the vaccination against COVID-19 in Tripoli. (Photo by Hamza Turkia/Xinhua)

The Director of the National Center for Disease Control of Libya, Dadr Addin Annajar, on Saturday announced the start of the vaccination against COVID-19 in the capital Tripoli.

Annajar revealed that Libya so far has received vaccines from China, Russia and other nations and will distribute them to different parts of the country via 450 vaccination centers.

He also explained that vaccination priority will be for medical staff treating COVID-19 patients inside isolation units, followed by the elderly, those with chronic diseases, and then the health workers who do not deal with the infectious virus.

Within a few weeks, a large number of people are expected to be vaccinated, Annajar added, confirming that around 500,000 people have already registered online to get the jabs.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Libya so far is 171,131, including 156,344 recoveries and 2,882 fatalities, according to the center

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