World Bank Might Suspend COVID-19 Vaccine Funding After Lebanese MPs Got Vaccinated

The head of Lebanon's COVID19 vaccination committee, Dr. Abdel-Rahman Bizri is set to resign today after a number of 75+ members of parliaments got vaccinated without his knowledge. World Bank Regional Director has already reacted to this news by warning that they might suspend financing for vaccines and support for COVID19 response across Lebanon if this violation was confirmed. Al-Jadeed tweeted that the number of MPs vaccinated were 16 and it was done in the…

Beirut’s Crisis Observatory Study: No Herd Immunity Before 2025

A study conducted by the Crisis Observatory at the American University of Beirut warned that Lebanon will not reach herd immunity before the summer of 2025 at this slow pace. In fact, Lebanon has only vaccinated 25,000 people so far, out of which only 12,000 had registered on the platform. The study concluded that “Lebanon will not reach herd immunity before the summer of 2025” if the vaccination process continues at its current slow pace,…

Why Was Judge Sawwan Recused from Investigating the Beirut Port Blast?

The Court of Cassation decided today to recuse Judge Fadi Sawwan from investigation into the Beirut port blast case, following a memorandum submitted by former ministers Ali Hassan Khalil and Ghazi Zeaiter on grounds of legitimate suspicion. LBCI published the statement issued by the court that highlights the legal reasons for which he should be dismissed. One reason mentioned in the decision is that Sawwan's house was damaged in the explosion, which means that he…

Why Are We Vaccinating Reporters & Journalists Next Week?

Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad has been lobbying for weeks now to give journalists and reporters priority in receiving the vaccine shot, and it looks like they will get vaccinated starting next week according to a statement by the Lebanese Press Syndicate. It does make sense to give front-line journalists priority in receiving the vaccine, but the rollout has just begun and we need to prioritize health care workers, the elderly and those at high…
Lebanon

Lebanon To Experience Internet Issues Due To IMEWE Cable Maintenance

2 weeks ago
Ogero announced today that we might be facing internet connectivity issues in Lebanon due to maintenance works planned on the (IMEWE) submarine communications cable system. Lebanon relies solely on this cable and our only backup ...
Automotive

Toni Breidinger is NASCAR’s first Arab-American Driver

2 weeks ago
Toni Breidinger, an American of Lebanese descent, is the first-ever Arab-American female driver to take part in a NASCAR national series, after racing in the 2021 ARCA season-opener at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Florida. ...
Health

Only 450,000 Lebanese Have Signed Up For The COVID-19 Vaccine So Far

3 weeks ago
As Lebanon has officially kicked off its vaccination campaign against COVID-19, the number of people who registered on the [website] is still relatively small. In fact, ex-PM Diab mentioned that only 450,000 have signed up ...
Alcohol

IXSIR’s Grande Réserve Rosé 2018 Voted Best Rosé Of The World

3 weeks ago
More than 190,000 wine professionals and enthusiasts from 115 countries weighed in, casting some 3 million votes against 204,675 different wines. After this voting period, the top 100 in each category went on to be ...
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