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Tunisia Receives 1.5 Million Covid-19 Vaccine Doses from Italy

Tunisia Receives 1.5 Million Covid-19 Vaccine Doses from Italy

Monday, 2 August, 2021 - 08:45
People wait to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, during a vaccination campaign managed by the army, in Jendouba, west of Tunis, Tunisia July 30, 2021. (Reuters)

Tunisia received 1.5 million Covid-19 vaccine doses from Italy on Sunday, the president’s office announced.


President Kais Saied and the Italian ambassador were on hand to receive the shipment.


This comes two days after Tunisia received one million Moderna doses from the US through the COVAX initiative.


In July, Tunisia received hundreds of thousands of doses as donations from several countries, in an effort to limit the spread of the virus.


The country has reported record deaths and infections amid the authorities’ poor handling of the outbreak.


The health authorities are seeking to vaccinate millions of citizens through intensive campaigns to prevent a new wave of the pandemic in September with the resumption of classes.


So far, around 940,000 people have been fully vaccinated out of a population of 11.6 million. Tunisia has reported around 18,000 deaths and more than half a million infections.


At one point last month, it had the worst infection rate in Africa.


During Eid al-Adha holiday, the government opened walk-in vaccination centers, but was unprepared for the large numbers who showed up to get a shot, and, as people crowded into dense queues without social distancing, the supplies ran out.


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