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COVID-19 Response in LebanonCurrent Experience and Challenges in a Low-Resource Setting

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To understand how countries with low-resources settings are handling COVID-19
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On February 21, 2020, the first case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was identified in Lebanon. This occurred amid a backdrop of political and economic turmoil that began in October 2019, when a banking crisis and a civil uprising led to a change in political leadership and pushed the country into an economic crisis. On January 31, approximately 2 weeks after cases started to emerge outside of China, the newly appointed government in Lebanon established a National Committee for COVID-19 (NCC) to oversee the COVID-19 national preparedness and response.

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Eveline Hitti, MD, MBA, Department of Emergency Medicine, American University of Beirut, PO Box 11-0236, Riad El Solh 1107 2020, Beirut, Lebanon (eh16@aub.edu.lb).

Published Online: July 23, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.12695

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr Khoury serves on the National Committee on COVID-19 (NCC) as special advisor on health to the Prime Minister. Dr Azar serves on the NCC as an infectious disease expert representing Saint George University Medical Center. No other disclosures were reported.

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