Mon, 21 Jun 2021

BEIRUT, June 9 (Xinhua) -- Caretaker Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan opened on Wednesday the country's biggest center for COVID-19 vaccination under the supervision of the Lebanese Red Cross, the National News Agency reported.

"This initiative will encourage citizens to be vaccinated far from the atmosphere of hospitals and medical centers but it is a safe place in the presence of doctors and the Red Cross," Hassan said during the opening.

The health minister noted that the center can host up to 5,000 people, which makes it the biggest vaccination center in the country so far.

Hassan also launched a new marathon of vaccination, scheduled on Saturday and Sunday, for people aged 55 and above.

"We aim to vaccinate between 20,000 and 25,000 people during these two days," he said.

He added that he is planning on launching other walk-in days for vaccination for people younger than 55.

Around 12.1 percent of people in Lebanon have been administered the first dosages of the COVID-19 vaccine while 6.3 percent have taken both shots.

The total number of infections in Lebanon has reached 541,940, while the death toll from the virus stands at 7,780.

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