Caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab chaired the meeting of the Ministerial Committee to follow up on the Corona epidemic vaccine plan, in the presence of Ministers Zeina Aker, Imad Hoballah, Michel Najjar, Ramzi Al-Musharrafiya, Hamad Hassan, Talal Hawat, Vartine Ohanian, Charbel Wahba, Chairman of the Parliamentary Health Committee MP Assem Araji, Chairman of the Vaccination Committee, Dr. Abdel-Rahman Al-Bizri, Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers, Judge Mahmoud Makiya, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Defense, Major General Mahmoud Al-Asmar, and for the Scientific Committee in the Ministry of Health Dr. Walid Ammar, Dr. Mahmoud Zalzali, Adviser to the President of the Republic for Health Affairs Walid Khoury, and Advisor to the President Government, Khader Talib, Petra Khoury and Hussein Kaafrani. The Minister, Mohamed Fahmy, and the World Health Organization, Dr. Iman Al-Shanqeeti, participated through the “Zoom” application.
President Diab spoke at the beginning of the meeting, saying: “Today begins the countdown to the start of the national vaccination campaign against the Corona epidemic. This means that the time has come to gradually restore our normal life, not only in Lebanon, but throughout the world. Today we will discuss the vaccination campaign plan, and we will announce it. Noon. ”
He added: “We went through a very difficult phase. The Corona epidemic added a heavy burden on Lebanon, which is facing severe financial, economic, social and living crises. Hope today, that with the victory over the Corona epidemic, the life cycle returns to the whole world, and Lebanon benefits from the return of the economic cycle that can contribute.” But, in fact, the key to solutions to the crises in Lebanon is the formation of a government that complements the reforms that we have started, and implements them, follows up on negotiations with the International Monetary Fund, and begins implementing the economic plan drawn up by our government, after making amendments to it by virtue of the variables that occurred after the creation of The plan. The political priority today should be to form a government. With some rounding corners, there is a possibility to reduce Lebanon’s suffering by forming a government that faces major challenges. The social, living, economic and financial priority is also forming a government.
He continued, “The people’s cry is understood and heard … The Lebanese are facing huge challenges. The state provides aid despite its difficult financial situation, and the army has begun distributing the new batch of 400,000 Lira aid to about a quarter of a million families. It is true that this aid does not match their needs … but it contributes to Reducing burdens. However, there is a big difference between sincere expression of people’s pain, and between acts of sabotage and attacks on state institutions and people’s property. There is a big difference between people who are really in need, and between political investment in their needs and distorting the rightful demands of people. “
And he considered that “what we have seen in the past two days does not resemble the demands of the people, nor does it express their suffering. What we have seen is an attempt to hijack the demands of the people and use them in political battles. It is not permissible to sabotage the city of Tripoli in order to send political messages from it. It is unacceptable for Tripoli to remain, or whatever.” A region of Lebanon, a post box with fire. Roads should not be cut to people, in the context of the logic of challenging politics. ”
He pointed out that “the government is not formed or disrupted by burning tires, blocking roads, attacking state institutions and targeting the internal security forces and the Lebanese army. Unfortunately, what is happening increases the suffering of the Lebanese. The epidemic is spreading rapidly, and had it not been for the general closure, matters would have reached the level of the national disaster. The escalating deaths are an indication of the scale of the disaster that was coming. We would have seen very painful scenes in the streets and in front of the hospitals. And whoever struck the epidemic during the past weeks knows how long he waited for his turn to get a hospital bed, or an oxygen device. The Corona epidemic cuts the Lebanese’s breath, and the closure is an attempt to stop This deadly epidemic crept in. The general closure eased the rush of the epidemic, and if the Lebanese committed to the means of protection, we could win, gradually restore our lives and open the country in a thoughtful and orderly manner. As for the situation we are in, and if the Lebanese do not comply, the epidemic will return to spread at a record speed.
Personally, I cannot stand the tragic scenes on the hospital gates. People’s lives are more important than anything I have. The economy is returning, and social and living suffering is a little patient with some help, but if we lose people’s lives we cannot regain it.
The people who have lost them in this epidemic know this feeling, and they know this pain that left deep wounds in their lives. ”
He concluded: “Patience is the key to relief, and we need patience for a few days, until we start to see the results of the general closure. We do not want to waste this closure by hasty decisions. We are open to discussion, and yesterday we launched an electronic platform to study the requests of the institutions that there is an actual need to open, in addition to an electronic platform. For those coming through the airport. There is a great effort by work teams that have been making efforts from year to day to confront the epidemic. The Corona Technical Committee in the Serail, the Scientific Committee in the Ministry of Health, the medical body and all workers in their various locations. It gives them wellness. And today we will announce the vaccination plan developed by the Ministry of Health. , Which made a tremendous and exceptional effort with very modest capabilities, during a whole year, in challenging this epidemic. The Vaccination Committee at the Ministry of Health made a clear and distinct effort. It gives them all wellness.
Then Minister Hamad Hassan and Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Bizri presented the plan’s objectives and basic principles.