With the steady decline in the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths in Lebanon, the arrival of more vaccines as well as the increase in the number of people vaccinated, the question arises again and again whether Lebanon must continue to strictly adhere to preventive measures such as social distancing and that Wearing masks.
Despite the fact that fully vaccinated people in the US have been informed that wearing a face mask is no longer compulsory in public, the bacterial disease specialist and head of the National Committee for the Administration of the Coronavirus Vaccine, Dr. Abdel-Rahman El -Bizri told the NNA that this does not apply to Lebanon. On the contrary, he strongly recommended continuing to wear face masks and adhering to social distancing measures.
“US and European scientific institutions, including the American Society for Bacterial Diseases, have rejected the recommendation that vaccinated people should be allowed to remove their face masks,” he added.
“We cannot implement this recommendation or decision in Lebanon, especially at this stage,” Bizri said, adding that vaccinated people in Lebanon are still required to wear their face masks and take social distancing measures.
He continued to stress the need to continue to adhere to preventive measures until greater herd immunity is achieved. âLebanon is currently in a critical phase where the epidemiological signs and indicators are positive. This urges us to continue taking preventive measures in line with increasing vaccination rates, âhe added.
Bizri then stated that Lebanon had moved from the fourth to the third phase of the pandemic, which was less dangerous. âIf we continue down this path, epidemiological indicators say we will reach the second stage within a few weeks. This matter helps to reduce restrictions in Lebanon and facilitate the movement of Lebanese abroad to travel, provided we remain cautious and commit to preventive measures, âhe added.
“The rate of people vaccinated in Lebanon has reached 10%, and within a week or two, the frequency of vaccinations will increase dramatically with the arrival of large quantities of Pfizer vaccine,” added Bizri, hoping to increase the vaccination rate in June and July up to 30%.