Libyan MP Calls for ‘Fair’ Distribution of Covid-19 Vaccines


Libyan MP, Fatima Bousaada called on the newly appointed Government of National Unity (GNU) to ensure the “fair” distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, and to provide them to the neediest groups in the country, such as the elderly and people with chronic diseases.

On Sunday, Libyan Prime Minister Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba announced the arrival of the first batch of vaccine doses. 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 Libyan Premier confirmed that a second batch of 300-400,000 doses will arrive Wednesday, and a million more will arrive before 11 April.

Bousaada urged Dbaiba to ensure vaccines reach southern Libya, which she described as the “Wuhan of Libya.” She also urged the PM “to take all necessary steps and adopt appropriate plans to address the pandemic.” She called on the Libyan Parliament to adhere to all precautionary measures, and for all committees to cooperate to limit the spread of the pandemic.