Caretaker Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, chaired at the Grand Serail, the meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for the follow up of Coronavirus Vaccination Plan, announcing the start of the countdown for the launch of the national Covid-19 vaccination campaign.
The meeting was attended by the Public Health Minister, Dr. Hamad Hasan, Head of the Parliamentary Health Committee, Dr. Assem Araji, Head of the National Committee for the Management of the Vaccination file, Dr. Abdel-Rahman Al-Bizri, as well as a number of doctors, counselors, and state officials.
“Today, the countdown begins for the launch of the national Covid-19 vaccination campaign.” PM Diab said, “This means that we are one step closer to gradually settling back into our lives not only in Lebanon, but around the world as well.”
Diab maintained that the coronavirus pandemic has placed a heavy burden on Lebanon that is already grappling with severe financial, economic, social and living crises, hoping that triumphing over corona will restore the life cycle around the world, thus enabling Lebanon to benefit from the relaunching of the economy which will contribute to alleviating crises.
The caretaker premier highlighted the importance of forming the new government that will complement and implement the reforms we have begun, pursue negotiations with the International Monetary Fund, and initiate the implementation of the economic plan that our Government has put in place, after introducing some amendments in light of the changes that had taken place after the plan had been established.
Diab stressed he understands the fact that the Lebanese citizens suffer from the ongoing socioeconomic crisis, adding that there is a huge difference between the sincere expressions of people’s pain and acts of vandalism and attacks on state institutions and people’s properties.
“The city of Tripoli shall not be subject to sabotage acts in order to deliver political messages thereof. It is unacceptable for Tripoli, or any other Lebanese region, to remain a mailbox on fire. Is not permissible to cut off the roads on the people based on a political defiant rationale.”
For his part, the Health Minister stressed that all the residents in Lebanon will be vaccinated for free, adding that the vaccination plan will cover 80% of them.