Faced with an unprecedented increase in the number of new daily cases of Covid-19, and in the midst of its greatest economic and financial crisis it has ever experienced, necessary external assistance is being put in place for Lebanon. The World Bank has announced that it will carry out a major vaccine distribution by early February.
“This is the first operation funded by the World Bank to distribute vaccines” the organization said in a statement. This shows the urgency and vitality of this international intervention in the management of the health crisis in the country. Indeed, if Lebanon is in the grip of the biggest economic and financial crisis in its history, it is also placed under one of the strictest population containment situations in the world. And despite this, the country has recorded since the beginning of the year record figures of nearly 5500 new cases per day.
A necessary action
To help stem and reverse this trend, the World Bank is announcing $34 million in funding as part of a larger $95.8 million health project (The Lebanon Health Resilience Project) of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD). The goal is to provide vaccines to more than 2 million Lebanese. The vaccine will be deployed as a priority to the high-risk population: front-line medical staff, people over 65 years of age, people suffering from “co-morbidity”, etc. The vaccine will also be deployed to the population at high risk of infection.