Libya PM hails COVID vaccine delivery

An employee oversees a Sputnik V vaccine production line operated by a contractor, the pharmaceutical company Biocad, in Saint Petersburg, Russia, February 17, 2021. (Photo: JNews)
TRIPOLI — More than 100,000 doses of Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine arrived at Tripoli's Mitiga airport on Sunday, Libya's ministry of health said, the first shipment to reach the country.اضافة اعلان

Around 1,000 new infections are announced daily by the National Center for Disease Control, posing a challenge to a health sector ravaged by years of conflict.

"It is the first drop of rain. Thank God, we are able to supply the first batch of corona vaccine," interim Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh said in a tweet.

"The rest of the shipment will arrive in succession," he added, without giving details of how many more doses were due.

A box of the vaccine was shown being unloaded from a cargo plane in a social media post by the health ministry, saying it would be moved to the ministry's warehouses before distribution.