Queenslanders set to get first COVID jab in days

Queenslanders set to get first COVID jab in days

It's hoped the national vaccine rollout will begin from next week, but the exact date remains unknown.

Logistics company DHL will help transport the doses across the country in portable freezers, as the vaccine needs to be stored at minus 70 degrees Celsius.

"The vaccine will reach all Lebanese citizens across the country", as well as Syrian and Palestinian refugees and other residents, he promised.

Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt triumphantly revealed the development saying "the eagle has landed".

"Commencement of vaccinations - subject to arrival, quality and temperature controls - will take place in the last week of February".

Battling a sharp spike in infections in recent weeks which has overwhelmed its healthcare system, Lebanon took delivery of 28,500 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Saturday, the first batch of 2.1 million doses set to arrive in stages throughout the year.

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The Pfizer vaccine will be delivered through hospital "hubs" across Australia, and in residential aged care and disability care facilities. But the regulator is expected to also approve the AstraZeneca vaccine soon.

He said the United States pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer would deliver 3 million doses during April to June.

Lebanon is passing through its worst economic and financial crisis in its modern history, leaving half of its population below the poverty line.

The World Bank and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are to monitor the rollout, they said in a statement Friday. The vaccines will be free of charge for the public.

Lebanon's caretaker health minister Hamad Hasan administers a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to a woman, at Rafik Hariri University Hospital, in Beirut, Lebanon February 14, 2021.

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