Tunisia on Saturday launched a vaccination campaign against the coronavirus pandemic, days after receiving the first batch of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.
Tunisia received 30,000 doses of the Russian vaccine on Wednesday. The batch was part of a shipment of 500,000 doses the North African country is scheduled to get from Sputnik V.
Nurse Mehreziya al-Humami, 54, at El-Menzeh Hospital in the capital Tunis took the first shot.
“Inoculating the medical staff is a recognition of our efforts in combating the virus,” al-Humami told Anadolu Agency.
The Tunisian Health Ministry said health workers and elders will be the first to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Tunisia will get 137,000 doses of the British AstraZeneca next week and 94,600 doses of the US-German Pfizer-BioNTech by the end of the month as part of the global COVAX program aimed at providing vaccines to developing countries.
Tunisia aims to vaccinate 50 percent of its 11-million population in the upcoming period.
The North African country has so far confirmed 240,617 virus infections, including 8,329 fatalities.
*Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from AnkaraAnadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.