UNICEF welcomes the arrival of 1,178,190 doses of vaccines donated by the United States to Libya to strengthen vaccination against COVID-19 [EN/AR] – Libya

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Tripoli, December 20 – Today, UNICEF facilitated the arrival and delivery of 1,178,190 doses of COVID-19 vaccine in support of the global effort to end the coronavirus pandemic as part of the COVAX initiative.

COVAX is a global facility representing the partnership between the World Health Organization (WHO), the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) working on equitable distribution of vaccines COVID-19. It includes 190 countries with a population of over seven billion people and guarantees fair and equal access to COVID-19 vaccines provided by UNICEF.

UNICEF supports the national immunization campaign of the Libyan Ministry of Health.

The United States contributed to this vaccine delivery and plans to deliver more to Libya in the coming months.

The arrival of COVID-19 vaccines at Mitiga International Airport was greeted by Dr Haider Al-Sayeh, Director of the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), the United States Ambassador to Libya Mr. Richard Norland, and UNICEF Acting Special Representative Lana Wreikat.

“UNICEF is proud to support the Ministry of Health and our partners to be part of this equitable global vaccine distribution,” said Lana Wreikat, UNICEF Acting Special Representative in Libya. “The Libyan government has received more than 7,520,170 doses. COVID-19 vaccines to date of which COVAX has contributed 1,463,670 doses. Last April, we welcomed the arrival of the very first batch of vaccines from the COVAX facility. Each vaccine delivery brings hope for recovery and brings us one step closer to a return to normalcy for millions of children in Libya ”.

“We all hope to end this pandemic. Today we have witnessed the arrival in Tripoli of nearly 1.2 million doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine delivered from the United States, ”said US Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland. “Together with UNICEF Special Representative Wreikat and NCDC Executive Director Dr Haidar Al-Sayeh, we look forward to resuming the delivery of US-made vaccines to the Libyan Ministry of Health, and let’s hope the Libyans can get back to life without the threat. of the coronavirus. ”

This support will help reduce morbidity and mortality from COVID-19, mitigate transmission and strengthen health systems, including prevention, detection and response to pandemic threats. It will also accelerate widespread and equitable access to safe and effective vaccination against COVID-19.

UNICEF is committed to continuing to work with the Libyan government to serve the Libyan people and all children in Libya towards a safe, quality and inclusive introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine in Libya.

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About UNICEF Libya:

Since 2012, UNICEF has been promoting the rights and well-being of children and their families in Libya. Together with our partners, we are working across the country to reach children and their families through our interventions in health, nutrition, WASH, education, child protection and emergency response. We are strengthening the links between humanitarian action and development programs, focusing our efforts on the most vulnerable and conflict-affected children, for the benefit of all children, everywhere in Libya.

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