Libya to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine by Early 2021

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The Head of the Advisory Committee to Confront the Coronavirus Pandemic of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Khalifa Al-Bakoush, expects Libya to receive its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines in the first quarter of 2021.

Al-Bakoush stated that a committee had been formed to start laying down a mechanism for distributing the vaccine within the country. “1.4 million Libyans would take the first dose of the vaccine according to WHO estimates”, Al-Bakoush noted.

Libya has signed an agreement with Kovacs Complex to obtain two million doses of a new COVID-19 vaccine. He explained that the vaccine will be tested in several countries such as the UK, US, and Germany before being supplied to Libya.

Al-Bakoush indicated in television statements that Kovacs Complex is working under the supervision of the World Health Organisation (WHO). The WHO reported that there have been around 82,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Libya, including 27,808 active cases. Moreover, about 1,183 Libyans have died due to the disease.