Lebanon's coronavirus inoculation program is set for a slow start in February, with a first shipment of only around 60,000 vaccines arriving in the first half of the month as 12 vaccination centers are established across the country.
The deal between Pfizer-BioNTech and the government for a total of 2.1 million vaccines was expected to be signed last week but negotiations over the responsibility for potential side-effects of the vaccine has caused delays.
Assem Araji MP, head of Parliament's health committee, told The Daily Star: “Pfizer do not want to take responsibility; this is why we are still negotiating.” However, he assured that the Lebanese government would agree to take responsibility, and that the deal should be signed “by the end of the week.”
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Source: The Daily Star