Tunisia receives first major vaccine delivery

Tunisia receives first major vaccine delivery

Tunisia received its first major delivery of coronavirus vaccine doses Tuesday, almost a month later than expected, paving the way for the start of its inoculation campaign this week.

Health Minister Faouzi Mehdi was on hand for the delivery of 30,000 Sputnik V doses in Tunis, AFP journalists said.

The government had previously announced it was expecting an initial more than 93,000 doses of Pfizer/BioNTech and AstraZeneca/Oxford jabs from mid-February, but delivery under the UN-led Covax scheme was delayed.

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Health workers will be given priority for the Sputnik V jabs, which will be distributed among vaccination centres nationwide.

Tunisia is set to commence inoculations on Saturday, Mehdi told AFP, and aims to eventually vaccinate half of its around 11 million population.

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