TUNIS, March 8 (Xinhua) – Tunisia will receive on Tuesday March 9 a first batch of Russian vaccine against COVID-19, Sputnik V, or 30,000 doses valid for 15,000 people, Xinhua learned Monday from the presidency of the Republic. Tunisian.
“As part of a daily follow-up by the President of the Republic, Kaïs Saïed, regarding the supply of vaccines against the new coronavirus, and after enormous diplomatic efforts, a first batch of the Sputnik V vaccine will be received tomorrow from Russia, “said the information office of the Tunisian presidency.
According to the same source, a second batch of vaccines will be expected in the coming weeks, or 500,000 doses for 250,000 people.
“Thanks to the concerted efforts of all the competent civil and military authorities, these quantities will be distributed according to the priorities to be set by the National Committee for the fight against the novel coronavirus“, wishes to specify the presidency of the Republic of Tunisia.
Earlier today, Tunisian Minister of Health Faouzi Mehdi announced during a parliamentary session that the national vaccination campaign aimed to vaccinate 50% of the Tunisian population, estimated at 12 million.
The strategy of the Ministry of Health to guarantee a successful vaccination campaign “is based on the free vaccine and the principle of parity in order to achieve vaccination of citizens in all regions of the country (24 provinces)”, explained Mr. Mehdi.
Tunisia “will obtain a large part of the vaccines free of charge after joining the COVAX initiative, while the rest will be acquired via a loan from the World Bank for an envelope of 100 million dollars in addition to 30 million dinars (10 , $ 8 million) from the Tunisian state budget, Minister Mehdi said.