Lebanon completed another successful vaccine marathon over the weekend, with 41,963 doses administered in total.

The vaccine marathon on Saturday was dedicated to individuals aged 55 and over and people with disabilities, and over 19,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine were administered. On Sunday, the marathon was dedicated to people aged 53 and over and people with disabilities, with another total of 22,963 doses administered.

Caretaker Health Minister Hamad Hassan had previously said his ministry’s goal was to give out 20,000-25,000 jabs over the weekend.

According to the Impact platform, the total number of doses administered has amounted to 1,008,858 countrywide out of a population of 6.8 million.

Caretaker Health Minister Hamad Hassan, in an interview with AlJadeed, stated that the Pfizer marathons will become a weekly occurrence each weekend, as the country currently has a large quantity of doses available for administration.

COVID-19 Rates in Lebanon

Following a massive outbreak of COVID-19 in Lebanon, infections are steadily decreasing. According to Reuters, an average of 163 infections are being reported each day, in contrast to the thousands of new infections reported during the beginning of this year. 

Currently, Lebanon’s daily new infection rate amounts to only 3 percent of the peak infections reported. The country’s infections peaked on January 15, when Lebanon registered 6,154 new infections. 

As of now, there has been a total of 542,375 infections and 7,790 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the start of the pandemic.

Vaccination Rate

As of now, Reuters estimates that around 7.2 percent of the country’s population has been vaccinated. 

The country is currently averaging around 16,068 doses administered per day, without the vaccine marathons. Reuters has estimated that at the current pace, it will take an additional 86 days to administer enough doses for another 10 percent of the population. 

This means that by October 11, Lebanon will have successfully vaccinated only 20 percent of the population. Caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab’s goal of vaccinating 80 percent of the population by the end of the year seems further out of reach each day.

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Lynn is a Beirut-based journalist. She is a reporter and editor for Beirut Today, actively contributing since 2018 through articles on politics, economics, lifestyle, fashion, and more.