More than 50,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik vaccine reached Lebanon around midnight. This order was made by the private sector after the Ministry of Health granted a marketing licence.
So far, 224,640 doses of Pfizer vaccines funded by the World Bank since February, and 33,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine with funding from the United Nations COVAX program arrived in Lebanon this week.
The arrival of the Russian vaccine in Lebanon came from a private initiative, that of Jacques Sarraf, president of the Lebanese-Russian Chamber of Commerce. The aim will be to vaccinate employees of private companies, banks and factories, in order to reactivate the Lebanese economy, which is also severely handicapped by an economic crisis.
He said he hoped 100,000 to 200,000 doses would arrive in Lebanon every 3 weeks and a million doses in total.
A total of 452,281 have been infected since 21 February 2020, when the first case was discovered in Lebanon. The total number of people affected by the virus is 447,737 local cases and 4,544 cases from abroad. 2,364 people are currently reported to be hospitalized and 982 people are in critical condition and 283 are on respirators.
92,975 are currently active and 353,342 are cured
The total number of people who have died has been 5,964 since the onset of the disease in Lebanon on 21 February 2020.
A total of 112,980 people received a first dose and 59,820 people received both doses.