Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Vaccination campaign funding is under threat


The World Bank threatened to suspend funding for the vaccination campaign to prevent Corona in Lebanon in its second week, after it was revealed that some parliamentarians will receive their doses in Parliament today, Tuesday.
The World Bank’s statements came with growing frustration among some residents and doctors that the vaccination campaign was slowing and possibly irregularities.

Lebanon received the first batch of the Pfizer-Bionic vaccine, which included about 28,000 doses, this month with the help of the World Bank, which said it would monitor the process to ensure that the vaccines reach those most in need.

In its first operation to finance the purchase of Corona vaccines, the World Bank reallocated $ 34 million to help Lebanon start vaccinations.

The bank has warned of favoritism in a country where decades of government waste and corruption have caused a severe financial meltdown.

And after local media reported that some members of parliament will receive the Corona vaccine today, Tuesday, the World Bank’s regional director, Saruj Kumar Jha, said that this would violate the agreed national plan for fair vaccination.

He wrote on Twitter, saying, “If the violation is confirmed, the World Bank may suspend funding for vaccines and support for the Corona response throughout Lebanon … I appeal to everyone, I mean everyone, regardless of your position, to register your names and wait for your turn.”

The Health Ministry sought to allay fears that politicians would skip their role on the waiting list. She did not respond to a request for comment.

A member of Parliament said that current and retired MPs over the age of 75, as well as some administrative staff, are being vaccinated in Parliament Hall. “What’s all the fuss about? They are over 75 years old and they are registered,” he said.

Television networks did not exist.

Earlier today, Sharaf Abu Sharaf, head of the Lebanese Doctors Syndicate, called for more transparency, and said that there were many violations, without specifying a number.

He stated that people without priority or not registered have received vaccinations, while some medical workers and the elderly are still waiting.

Hospitals affected by the financial crisis in Lebanon and the Beirut port bombing last year were facing some of the highest rates of coronavirus infection in the region since January. The increase brought the number of deaths in Lebanon to more than 4,300.



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