BEIRUT, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- Lebanon launched on Wednesday its COVID-19 vaccination plan with Caretaker Health Minister Hamad Hassan vowing to secure vaccines for 80 percent of the population, the National News Agency reported.
"Our aim is to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by securing the vaccines for the groups that are mostly at risk from the infection, while reducing the burden on the health sector, especially in intensive care units, and reducing the number of deaths," Hassan said during a press conference.
Hassan ensured that all people residing in Lebanon, including Syrian and Palestinian refugees, will have access to the vaccine which will be free of charge for everybody.
Abdel Rahman Bizri, head of the national committee for the administration of COVID-19 vaccine, said that the committee's objective is to vaccinate 5.5 million people to achieve immunity to protect the entire society.
Meanwhile, Head of the Health Parliamentary Committee Assem Araji said that the vaccines will be given according to priority.
"We will start with people working in the health sector, followed by the elderly aged above 75," he said.
Lebanon is expected to receive the first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines by mid-February.
Lebanon has been fighting against COVID-19 since Feb. 21, 2020. Lebanon's number of COVID-19 infections has reached 289,660 so far while the death toll from the virus stood at 2,553.