Covid: Tunisia to receive vaccines from Algeria

Says foreign minister Jerandi

14 January, 16:25

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, JANUARY 14 - Algeria will share its Covid-19 vaccine doses with Tunisia, with arrival of the vaccines expected by the end of the month, said Tunisian Foreign Minister Othman Jerandi.

    "Algeria hasn't yet physically acquired the vaccines, but as soon as it receives them, it will share them with Tunisia," Jerandi said, following a meeting with Tunisian President Kais Saied.

    "It is a strong commitment by Algeria for the brotherhood between our two countries," Jerandi said, adding that "Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune followed this case".

    This information has not been confirmed by Algerian authorities.

    Tunisia, which has substituted its health minister twice since the start of the pandemic, announced a vaccination campaign for the second quarter of 2021 and increased diplomatic contacts to acquire any type of vaccine.

    The American-German company Pfizer/BioNTech has already received authorisation to put its vaccine on the Tunisian market.

    Tunis ordered two million doses, the first lots of which are expected in the second quarter of 2021, said the director of the Institut Pasteur in Tunis, Hechmi Louzir.

    Discussions are underway with the Russian side to acquire the Sputnik V vaccine, according to Tunisian Health Minister Faouzi Mehdi.

    President Saied said on January 8 that in the face of this "race against time", Tunisia must "urgently acquire a vaccine" and choose the best vaccine from a health perspective, "without going into political considerations".

    Algeria already ordered two lots of vaccines, one from Russia and the other from China, two long-time allies.

    The arrival of the first lot of the Russian vaccine is expected by the end of the month, the Algerian health minister said on Wednesday, after official statements had said the vaccine was expected to arrive at the start of the week.

    The vaccination campaign is supposed to start immediately, but a specific date still hasn't been set.

    Algeria has registered more than 100,000 infections since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 2,800 deaths.

    Tunisia, with a population nearly four times smaller, is currently facing a strong increase in cases.

    The Tunisian health ministry has registered more than 168,000 cases since the start of the epidemic, with more than 5,400 deaths.(ANSAmed)(ANSAmed). (ANSA).

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