Libya receives 117,600 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

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Multiple countries in Europe have suspended the use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine. /Joel Saget/AFP

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that Libya received a batch of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from Italy.

“Today, the Government of Italy provided Libya with a shipment of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines shipped to Mitiga Airport in Tripoli in cooperation with the COVAX Facility,” WHO tweeted.

According to Libya’s National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), the batch contains 117,600 doses.

The Libyan government recently launched an “exceptional” COVID-19 vaccination drive for people above the age of 18, Libyans or foreigners, to simply go to temporary vaccination centers for inoculations.

Libya has registered 327,803 COVID-19 cases with 242,267 recoveries and 4,469 deaths, the NCDC said in a statement on Thursday.

A total of 1,253,087 people have been vaccinated in Libya so far, the center added.

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