BEIRUT, 14 Feb - RIA Novosti. Lebanon will not be able to purchase the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine with public money, and expects to attract private companies to this, Asim Araji, head of the Lebanese parliamentary commission on health, told RIA Novosti.
"We have plans to import the Russian Sputnik V vaccine after the permission for its use in the country has been issued, but we hope that the import will be carried out through private companies and donors, since the Ministry of Health does not have the opportunity to spend funds on the purchase of the vaccine," he said is he.
The deputy noted the effectiveness of the vaccine developed in the Russian Federation and the positive effect of the availability of various vaccines in the country, but, according to him, its purchases depend on the search for funding.
Araji said Lebanon has ordered 6 million doses of vaccines and there has been no delay in shipments from Phizer.
As the Lebanese National News Agency reported on Saturday, vaccine supplies from the American company Pfizer began to the country, 28.5 thousand doses were received with the first batch, more deliveries of this vaccine are expected in the coming weeks, in addition to the Astrazeneca vaccine, the supply of which is expected in the country from March. … The vaccines will be distributed to major hospitals, where vaccinations will begin on Sunday. According to the Lebanese Ministry of Health, 450,000 people have already registered to receive the vaccine. The ministry promised that all permanent residents of Lebanon, including Palestinian and Syrian refugees, will be able to vaccinate.
On February 5, a scientific commission under the Lebanese Ministry of Health approved the use of the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. Lebanese Foreign Minister Sharbel Wahbe on Thursday appealed to the Russian government with a request to provide 200 thousand doses of coronavirus vaccine in the form of assistance
Since the beginning of the year, there has been a sharp increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the country, as well as an increase in mortality among patients. The Lebanese authorities associate the deterioration of the situation with the irresponsible attitude of the population towards the measures recommended by the Ministry of Health and the holding of mass events during the New Year holidays.
As part of the emergency, a curfew was maintained across the country from January 14 to February 8, with the closure of all public and private enterprises, with the exception of hospitals. Grocery stores were open only in delivery mode until 17.00 local time.
The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Lebanon has reached 336 999, more than 3.9 thousand patients with COVID-19 have died, more than 226.6 thousand people have recovered. The country is home to 4.5 million local people and 2 million Syrian and Palestinian refugees.