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Did Fayrouz receive COVID-19 vaccine?

Tue 16 Feb 2021 | 03:00 PM
Rana Atef

On Tuesday, the Lebanese newspaper Al Nahar denied that legendary Lebanese singer Fayrouz received a dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Previously, the reports expressed that Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan visited Fayrouz accompanied by a medical delegation from Rafik Hariri University Hospital.

The reports claimed the main reason for the visit was vaccinating Fayrouz and her daughter Rima Rahbani.

The vaccination campaign against COVID-19 kicked off in Lebanon on Sunday using the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

The first stage of the vaccination campaign included Medical staff, people who contracted a chronic illness, and the elders.

Lebanon started going to gradually ease strict coronavirus lockdown which was forced since Jan. 11.

Lebanon imposed a 24-hour curfew when the cases rose after lax measures over the Christmas holiday period, pushing hospital capacities to the limit.

Meanwhile, the country is dealing with a devastating financial crisis that has paralyzed banks. The lockdown faced resistance amid concerns over soaring unemployment, inflation and poverty.

Last week, protests culminated in Tripoli, Lebanon’s poorest city, where protesters had fierce clashes with police.

On his part, Caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab said in a statement that while Sunday would be the last day of total lockdown some restrictions would remain in place on Monday.

“We will continue with regulations that will prevent the return to what the situation had reached pre-lockdown,” Diab added.

Diab is leading the government in a caretaker role as the country’s fractious politicians remain unable to agree on a new administration since he quit following the Aug. 4 Beirut port explosion.