The vaccination process should further accelerate in Lebanon after the announcement by the Ministry of Health on Friday of an agreement with 8 universities allowing the private purchase of Pfizer-type vaccines for the benefit of their employees, teachers and others. students. This agreement could thus allow the rapid resumption of the academic year.
However, people wishing to benefit from it will have to register via the platform set up by the Ministry of Health, ( https://covax.moph.gov.lb ). If these establishments will finance the vaccines, the payment to Pfizer will however also be made via the Ministry of Health.
Among universities, American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanese American University (LAU), St Joseph University (USJ), St Georges University, Beirut Arab University (BAU), University of Balamand , St Esprit Kaslik University (USEK) and Lebanese University (LU) which will have to distribute 320,000 doses which should reach Lebanon between July and September.
According to current information, the Lebanese University should benefit from 50,000 doses alone, the BAU from 15,000 doses and the USEK from 10,000 doses.
In addition, the Ministry of Health announced that people wishing to benefit from a vaccination via the public program will be able to go directly to the centers participating in the public vaccination program due to the cancellation of many appointments of people who were previously scheduled to benefit from the AstraZeneca vaccine, following doubts about its safety in use. Large stocks of AstraZeneca vaccines are therefore currently available and could thus be injected to people currently excluded from the program.
The latest COVID figures in Lebanon
In total, 504,800 have been infected since February 21, 2020, the date of the discovery of a first case in Lebanon.
The total number of people affected by the virus reaches 499,755 local cases and 5,045 cases from abroad.
The total number of people who have died is 6,809 since the onset of the disease in Lebanon on February 21, 2020.
The ratio of positive tests remains high but decreases with the figure of 14.5 %.
1,790 people were hospitalized and 795 people were in critical condition and 225 people placed on ventilators.
According to the latest report available, a total of 218,744 people received a first dose and 114,920 people received the 2 doses.