The Libyan authorities have ordered the distribution of coronavirus vaccines to all vaccination centers to kick off the inoculation campaign across the country.
Health Minister Ali Al-Zanati gave the green light for the vaccination after the Food and Drugs Administration okayed the use of the Sputnik V and AstraZeneca vaccines.
He added that the priority would be for health workers, people with chronic health problems and the elderly, renewing his call on Libyans to register on the assigned website for vaccination.
The Libyan Health Ministry on Wednesday received 150,000 doses of the Chinese COVID-19 vaccine Sinovac as a donation from Turkey.
Libya has received 400,000 doses of vaccines so far, according to the Libyan Government.
Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh said earlier that the vaccines are approved by the World Health Organization and "there is no need to listen to rumors about them."
Dbeibeh further stressed the importance of the vaccine in order to restore normal life.
According to the Libyan National Center, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Libya so far is 170,045, including 155,000 recoveries and 2,834 fatalities.
Head of the Libyan National Center for Disease Control Badr Al-Deen Al-Najjar discussed with Health Representative of the International Organization for Migration Office in Libya Dr. Al-Aref Hussein the health conditions of undocumented migrants.
Najjar praised the organization’s efforts to support the health programs and the national vaccination campaign against the coronavirus.
Dbeibeh launched the campaign at the beginning of the week, and he received his first shot.