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The first shipment of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine has arrived at Tripoli’s Mitiga airport, with over 100,000 doses.

The National Center for Disease Control reports 1,000 new coronavirus infections every day, posing a challenge to a health system that has been battered by years of violence.

“It is the first drop of rain. Thank God, we are able to supply the first batch of corona vaccine,” interim Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah said in a tweet on Sunday.

“The rest of the shipment will arrive in succession.”

In a social media message, the health ministry showed a box of the vaccine being unloaded from a cargo plane, indicating that it would be transported to the ministry’s warehouses before delivery.

The disease control center initiated an electronic registration campaign for vaccines for people over the age of 18 in February.

There has been no information released on the number of people who have signed up. Libya’s population is estimated to be around 6.5 million people.

Since the onset of the pandemic, the world has seen nearly 200,000 illnesses and 2,684 deaths.

Since the NATO-backed revolt against Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has been torn apart by discord and terror, splitting into warring western and eastern groups in 2014.

The new unity government in Dbeibah took office last month with the aim of improving services and preparing for a national election in December.


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