The Malta Independent 8 December 2021, Wednesday

Malta donates 40,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses to Libya

Tuesday, 17 August 2021, 14:03 Last update: about 5 months ago

Malta has donated 40,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses to Libya, Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne announced on Tuesday.

The Maltese authorities have also donated 40,000 Rapid Covid Kits to the North African state.

Fearne tweeted a number of photos of the vaccines and test kits being loaded onto an Air Malta plane.

The gesture earned Malta praise from Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organisation.

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WHO Regional Director Hans Kluge also thanked the Maltese government. “You show that international solidarity and national leadership go hand in hand. No one is safe until everyone is safe,” he tweeted.

Libya is lagging in the vaccination process, having vaccinated only around 11% of its population by 9 August. Globally, around 23% of the population has been fully vaccinated.

Malta has vaccinated over 80% of its entire population, and around 90% of those eligible to receive the vaccine.

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