The director of Rafic Hariri University Hospital, Dr. Firas el Abiad, indicated that the deployment of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the first doses of which arrived this week in Lebanon, will begin on Monday. The doses will therefore be reserved for people aged 55 to 65.
The hospital official also dismissed any risk on Twitter, noting that numerous studies have shown the AstraZeneca vaccine to be safe and effective. Millions of patients have received the vaccine in the UK, leading to a sharp drop in cases of people infected with the Coronavirus COVID19.
A total of 122,376 people received a first dose and 64,756 people received the 2 doses, the vaccination process having started last February after the arrival of the first doses of Pfizer-type vaccine.
455,381 have been infected since February 21, 2020, the date of the discovery of a first case in Lebanon.
3,100 were diagnosed positive so far. 295 people have been re-infected with the virus.
The total number of people affected by the virus is 450,825 local cases and 4,556 cases from abroad.
2,319 people are currently reported to be hospitalized and 978 people are in critical condition and 287 people are on respirators.
92,975 are currently active and 353,342 are cured
The total number of people who have died has been 6,013 since the onset of the disease in Lebanon on 21 February 2020.
The ratio of positive tests remains high with the %. figure of 17.6%.