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Firas Abiad: AstraZeneca vaccine will be offered on Monday in several centers, including our hospital

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“On Monday, the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health will start giving the AstraZeneca vaccine to people between the ages of 55 and 65 in several centers, including Rafic Hariri University Hospital,” tweeted RHUH Director, Dr. Firas Abiad, today.

He added: “In Lebanon, more than 120 patients in this age group have died due to Corona in the past ten days only. The vaccine can prevent this. Several studies have shown that the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe and effective. In the United Kingdom, millions of patients received this vaccine, which led to a sharp decrease in Corona cases. Europe is considering halting exports of the AstraZeneca vaccine to speed-up the vaccination campaign in European countries.”

“In Lebanon, the number of Coronavirus cases is rising, and the easing of measures and low compliance with safety guidelines will lead to higher infection rates. For older patients or those with comorbidities, the partial protection that vaccines provide can denote the difference between life and death,” Abiad emphasized.

“However, some people say they will not take the AstraZeneca vaccine if given the opportunity. Some raise concerns about safety or efficacy, and some prefer to wait for another vaccine, while others do not want any vaccine at all, although the alternative may be infection,” he went on.

Abiad hoped that “the people who will get an appointment to receive the vaccine on Monday will not waste their chance, for their sake, and for the sake of their family and friends.”

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