China will donate 50,000 shots of its Sinopharm vaccine to Lebanon, its ambassador tweeted on Monday as the crisis-hit country fights a COVID-19 outbreak that has killed nearly 4,700 people.
Lebanon, deep in the throes of a financial crisis, launched its inoculation drive last month after receiving its first shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine with aid from the World Bank.
Skyrocketing numbers of COVID-19 cases in January led the government to implement the harshest restrictions yet seen in the country, with most citizens subject to a 24-hour curfew.
Many have already signed up to receive their vaccinations through the government’s online Impact registry system. However, concerns remain about the possibility of another wave of new infections as restrictions continue to ease, Dr Mohamad Haidar, Director of Nuclear Medicine at the American University of Beirut Medical Center, and consultant to the Ministry of Public Health, told Al Arabiya English.