France Donates Over 1 million Covid Doses, oxygens to Tunisia

Tunisia has received more than a million doses of covid-19 vaccines from France.

At the Port of Rades, a southern suburb of Tunis, the French navy also delivered three tanks of liquefied oxygen.

French Secretary of State, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne says the doses will enable the inoculation of around 3,000 people in a day.

The French Secretary of State for Tourism, French living abroad, and Francophonie adds that “the pandemic is still very active, on the rise, and this is why the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, wanted a big solidarity action which results in both the supply of oxygen and also the delivery of more than one million doses of vaccines”,

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So far, Paris has supplied 624,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines, including 324,000 via the Covax initiative. 500,000 doses of the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be added shortly, he added

“The best recipe is to stick together. This is what the French leaders are doing with the Tunisian leaders. My dearest wish is that we all come to the end of this pandemic because a single state will not come out of it on its own. This is global and this is a response through cooperation”

Tunisia, a country of 12 million people, has now received about 3.2 million doses of the vaccine. It hopes to obtain more than 5 million by mid-August, the Tunisian health ministry said.

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The United States of America, Saudi Arabia, and China have also provided vaccines to Tunisia, where the vaccination campaign has long been slow, mainly due to a lack of doses.

Tunisia has registered 558,000 confirmed cases, 454, 000 people have recovered and 18,052 deaths as of Friday, July 23. 2021

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