The director of Libya's National Center for Disease Control Dr. Badr El-Din Al-Najjar said on Friday, that an agreement had been signed to purchase 2.8 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine.
"We have contracted with the World Health Organization (WHO) to purchase 2.8 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine, worth 42 million dinars," he said in a statement to the Turkish Anadolu news agency.
Al-Najjar explained that the center "has not yet settled on a specific vaccine manufacturer," but is likely to contract later with the British company AstraZeneca, due to the easy storage of its vaccine.
On November 30, the Supreme Advisory Committee on vaccinations for the Government of National Accord discussed "mechanisms for receiving, storing and distributing the coronavirus vaccine," concluding that the people with the highest risk, health care worker and those over the age of 60, would receive it first.
As of Friday, Libya had recorded a total of 97,653 coronavirus infections and 1,415 deaths since March.