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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Alumni Vaccinations

More than 1,500 alumni have been fully vaccinated, with hundreds more expected to follow, as part of the university’s ongoing aim to immunize the LAU family.

Following monumental efforts by the university to secure the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and with more than 85 percent of LAU students, faculty and staff now fully or partially vaccinated to ensure safe return to campuses, LAU has since early August expanded its campaign to include its alumni.

Through this effort, the university plans to immunize its alumni against COVID-19, free of charge, at LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital, that has been at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic. To date, several hundreds have been either fully or partially vaccinated.

“As part and parcel members of the LAU community, the health and wellbeing of alumni are of utmost importance to the university,” said Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations Abdallah El Khal.

Amid tough living conditions in Lebanon, the initiative has been a welcome step, especially as it could speed up vaccination among younger groups. The roll-out is based on a call for registration that was sent out to all alumni and carried out in line with international recommendations – prioritizing those with preexisting health conditions and older age groups.

Positive responses came pouring in from alumni.

Cyril Khater (BS ’12, MBA ’14) thanked the Alumni Relations team for their continued support of alumni and the Lebanese at large. “This is an institution we are proud of,” he wrote.

Fouad El Kadi (BE ’19) expressed his pride in his alma mater, pledging to “one day give back this institution that is so dear to my heart.”

Along the same lines, Noor Tarhini (BA ’14) noted how “this [initiative] proves that once we join the LAU family, we are in it forever.”

For Hilda Hanania (BS ’06), the email from Alumni Relations brought hope. “It made me proud to be an alumna, seeing all that LAU is doing during difficult times.” For vaccination advice, check LAU’s COVID-19 website, and contact the Alumni Relations Office for any questions.

By Raissa Batakji

15 days ago by Erika Iverson
Vaccinations in Process!


78 days ago by Erika Iverson
Vaccinations Begin at LAUMC-RH


Good news! Vaccinations for our students, faculty, and staff have begun at LAUMC-RH. This is due in large part to your generosity and the generosity of donors all over the world. For a full story, visit our LAU News site here.

"Thanks to its generous network of donors, LAU has started to immunize its faculty, staff, and students against COVID-19 on June 11, 2021, at LAU Medical Center-Rizk HospitalA portion of the initial 80,000 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines ordered by the institution has arrived following a months-long LAU Vaccination & COVID-19 Response Campaign to secure $2.25 million in donations toward the university’s inoculation program for its internal community and non-LAU constituents."

-Naseem Ferdowsi, "LAU Begins COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Rollout Thanks to Donor Support," LAU News

Since we began vaccinations on June 11, over 1420 people have recieved their first doses at LAUMC-RH! Our goal is to immunize our entire on-campus community in time for classes to begin this fall.

We are deeply grateful to our many donors who have put their faith in LAU to help change the course of this pandemic in Lebanon.

85 days ago by Erika Iverson
LAU Secures 80,000 COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccines Thanks to Donor Support


Thanks to its community of donors, the Lebanese American University (LAU) has made its first payment to Pfizer – enough to secure a shipment of COVID-19 vaccines that will vaccinate 40,000 people.

The initial 80,000 doses are expected to be delivered in June and are part of the Ministry of Public Health’s (MoPH) aim to inoculate the nation’s residents to reach societal immunity. 

“We are tremendously grateful to our alumni, staff, friends, and extended LAU community who have generously donated towards the campaign – without whom we could not have purchased the first shipment of vaccines,” says LAU Assistant Vice President for Development, Nassib N. Nasr.

LAU began its Vaccination & COVID-19 Response Campaign earlier this year with a goal of $2.25 million, and last month launched a crowdfunding initiative – hosted on GiveCampus – with a target of $150,000. All donations, whether to the crowdfunding platform or otherwise, are being immediately put to use towards securing the much needed vaccinations against COVID-19.

“The 80,000 vaccines that were secured is only the initial amount. LAU, in line with the Ministry of Public Health, will press on with its campaign in order to broker another deal with Pfizer and get more desperately needed vaccines to Lebanon,” explains LAU Vice President for Advancement, George K. Najjar.    

The LAU Vaccination & Covid-19 Response Fund aims to provide the resources to acquire the needed vaccines and vaccinate not only LAU’s community of students, faculty and staff, but also their families. In addition, there are plans to inoculate alumni and the greater community with the remaining vaccines, if any, in coordination with MoPH.

“The more money raised towards this important initiative, the more people that the institution can help vaccinate to eventually help Lebanon return to normalcy and bring better days for us all,” explains New York-based LAU Assistant Vice President Nadya Mikdashi, who stressed that there is a limited window of time to make additional Pfizer purchases per MoPH, and thus, an urgency for supporters to made their contributions to the crowdfunding platform.

Supporters towards the LAU Vaccination & Covid-19 Response Fund crowdfunding initiative have until the end of May to make their donation online in order to help the university secure more vaccines. Indeed, contributors to this urgent campaign have an opportunity to help safeguard the health and safety of LAU’s community and Lebanese residents. Those wishing to make a gift can do so by visiting the GiveCampus crowdfunding page

121 days ago by Erika Iverson
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...

146 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.,

President

Lebanese American University


147 days ago by Erika Iverson

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