After nearly a week of temporary closure of ten AstraZeneca vaccine centers due to stock shortages, the process is due to resume as usual this morning, and appointments already made remain, according to a health ministry source contacted by L ‘Oriente-le-Jour. In fact, over the past weekend, Lebanon received over 100,000 doses of the vaccine.
Previously, there were reports of cancellations of appointments to these centers, as it was known that some people did not receive the vaccine and were surprised that they were not able to get vaccinated. However, since yesterday, new messages began to be sent to these same people to make their new dates. According to a source in the ministry, these meetings will be concentrated within two days from today in these centers, with the exception of the vaccination center of the Sacré-Coeur hospital, where the influx of people who want to receive vaccinations is very important. Thus, canceled appointments in this center will be rescheduled for a week from this morning.
Amid the epidemic in Lebanon, 21 deaths and 249 new cases of coronavirus were reported on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases reported since February 2020 to 528,457, including 7,345 deaths. This very low number of new infections is due to the closure of most laboratories on weekends, when the communities following the Julian calendar celebrated Orthodox Easter. Therefore, the number of screening tests performed is very small. No details in this direction in the report
Ministry of Health care.
“Improving health status”
Commenting on the country’s latest pandemic indicators, Co-Chair of the National Covid-19 Monitoring Commission, Petra Khoury, emphasized on her Twitter account yesterday that the health situation in Lebanon is starting to improve. one and a half months after the start of vaccination. “More than 70% of people over 75 and about 40% of people over 65 have already received their first dose,” she wrote. In May, 100,000 people will receive their doses. Ms. Khoury further points out that over the past thirty days, “infections have dropped by 119%, deaths by 74% and admissions to intensive care by 48%.” “The first dose of the coronavirus vaccine reduces the number of hospitalizations one month after injection, by 91% for the Pfizer vaccine and 88% for the AstraZeneca vaccine,” she said. It also reduces community transmission. “We can hope for a safer summer and a return to a more normal life in the coming months,” said Ms Khoury. However, “disrespect for barrier gestures lately and more public gatherings could lead to a surge,” she warned, urging to wear a mask and avoid gatherings.
New cargo from AstraZeneca
The president of the National Committee in charge of the vaccination campaign, Abdel Rahman Bizri, is not so optimistic. Thus, he confirmed that the epidemiological situation in Lebanon remains “critical”, in particular due to the low number of vaccinations, and that herd immunity is far from being achieved. He also announced in an interview with Voix du Liban that “a shipment of AstraZeneca vaccine has arrived at Beirut airport but is awaiting final inspection.” “Pfizer’s vaccine delivery frequency will decrease in May. However, other quantities may arrive in Lebanon via the Covax platform, ”he added.
For his part, the director of the state hospital. Rafik Hariri in Beirut Firas Abiad issued a series of recommendations to prevent the country from suffering the same fate as India in the midst of the pandemic explosion, stressing that it is impossible to know. in advance, “when the Indian version arrives in Lebanon.” In particular, he advocated better preparation of hospitals and an accelerated vaccination campaign.
After nearly a week of temporary closure of ten AstraZeneca vaccine centers due to stock shortages, the process is due to resume as usual this morning, and appointments already made remain, according to a health ministry source contacted by L ‘Oriente-le-Jour. Lebanon actually received more than …