Time to Vaccinate Lebanon

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LAU has a remarkable opportunity to vaccinate our campuses and communities, safeguarding our future.

In order to succeed we need your help.

In cooperation with three other major teaching hospitals in Lebanon and with permission from the Lebanese government, LAU has made arrangements to purchase and distribute COVID-19 vaccines in mass quantities. This agreement will allow LAU to vaccinate our students, faculty and staff, and eventually the surrounding community in accordance with established Lebanese guidelines.

If vaccinations continue at the current rate, it is estimated that Lebanon will not be vaccinated until 2025. We simply cannot wait that long. If we allow campus life to come to a complete standstill, the consequences will be devastating for our university.

Through the generosity of a few dedicated donors, we have been able to raise $1.6 million and have secured over 200,000 vaccines from FDA-approved vaccine manufacturers. We’re very close to fulfilling our obligation; every dollar you donate will help us succeed. To give in Lebanese pounds or US dollars in Lebanon-based banks (Lollars), please click the "Give via Leb Banks" tab.

We must ensure the future of our university, our students and the region. The ripple effect of achieving herd immunity will transform Lebanon as vaccinations spread throughout the country.  Please help us give “a shot in the arm” to Lebanon!

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Coverage in LAU News

LAU News published the good news about our crowdfunding campaign:

An agreement signed on April 16 between the ministry and a consortium of four university medical centers allows the latter to procure and deploy the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, provided it is done under the government’s vaccination platform and includes targeting underserved communities free of charge.

“LAU appreciates the help of the Minister of Public Health and his aides,” said LAU President Michel E. Mawad. “This agreement marks a decisive step forward toward the full resumption of higher education operations in Lebanon and the protection of the country’s population well beyond university campuses,” he added.

As the agreement was signed, LAU embarked on a six-week crowdfunding initiative – closing on May 31 – to raise $150,000 as part of a broader $2.25 million campaign to secure vaccines for its students, faculty, and staff, as well as the greater community.  

Crowdfunding, which is the process of financing a project or cause by calling for gifts from a large number of people online, is vital as the vaccines can only be purchased in “fresh” US dollars.

“We need to reach our supporters around the world, and crowdfunding allows us to do just that so we can fundraise resources as quickly as possible from those who can donate in US dollars from abroad,” explained Assistant Vice President for Development Nadya Mikdashi.  

For the full article, click here: https://news.lau.edu.lb/2021/l...

13 days ago by Erika Iverson
Message to the LAU Family and Community from President Mawad

Thank you so much for your interest in Time to Vaccinate Lebanon! We wanted to share President Mawad's message with you, and to let you know that we are moving as swiftly as possible to bring the vaccine to the LAU Community. Your support helped make this possible and we are truly grateful.

Dear LAU Family and Community,

I am delighted to be able to share with you the good news that we have all been waiting for concerning the vaccine.

We can now look with hope to the light at the end of the tunnel following the successful conclusion of the vaccine agreement between the MoPH and a four-member consortium of which we are part. AUB, USJ, and St. George University Hospital are also members.

This happy ending will make it possible for us to acquire Pfizer vaccine for our students, faculty, staff and community, who are yet to be vaccinated. 

My expectation is that this will become possible starting in July 2021 strictly through the government platform. With this, we can look forward, albeit with all due precautionary measures, to the restoration of normalcy, resumption of campus life, and in-person delivery in fall 2021.

In lauding the intensive efforts on the part of all concerned that led to the conclusion of the multi-lateral vaccine agreement, a series of acknowledgments are in order. The MoPH played a leading role in facilitating our work, and its officials at various levels starting with the minister and his aides extended every possible help to us. On your behalf, I am thankful to them and other key ministry officials without whose help this agreement would not have been possible.

Our consortium partners were equally forthcoming in bringing our discussions to fruition. To all of them a warm thank you from all of us.

The agreement, which was finalized on April 16 is obviously imperative for our restoration of near-normal life in few months. 

It will first allow us to meet our own needs in terms of the immediate LAU family including students, faculty, and staff. We will also have the opportunity to make a contribution within the framework of Ministry efforts to help inoculate the larger community in pursuit of societal immunity. Under the agreement, LAU will be able to purchase a sufficient number of doses of the Pfizer vaccine. They will be paid for through our fundraising effort currently underway through multiple channels including a crowd-funding platform. A major contribution to that end already made by Mr. Baha Hariri is gratefully acknowledged. All vaccines will be offered free of charge.

Our vaccine-related fundraising efforts continue through a crowdfunding effort that is currently underway for the next six weeks. This was launched last week with promising results and plenty of good will be coming our way from near and far. In the meantime, you would want to know that our LAUMC-RH has been, all along, at the forefront of the vaccination campaign under the MoPH platform. Scores of thousands of doses have already been dispensed that way and the effort continues. St. John’s in Jounieh has joined the effort recently as well.

As you have come to rightfully expect, your university is a national leader in health care delivery and community service. We will now be able to demonstrate, yet again, the LAU ethos of leadership in action, resolve against adversity and proactive action in times of crisis.

Together we stand for restoring hope and resuming normal life with all due precautionary measures in place.

Michel E. Mawad, M.D.,


Lebanese American University

14 days ago by Erika Iverson

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