All you need to know about Covid-19 vaccinations in Tunisia
Pfizer, Sputnik V or AstraZeneca/Oxford - which vaccines will be administered in Tunisia against Covid-19? Who will be vaccinated first? When will it start? Inkyfada provides you with the latest information.
As of the 5th of February 2021, nearly 120 million people have been vaccinated worldwide. In Tunisia, however, the vaccination campaign has not yet started. According to the government, the first doses are due to arrive mid-February 2021, with the vaccination
campaign following suit.
This infographic is based on an official document from the Ministry of Health (20th January, 2020), and on clarifications made by the Minister of Health on the 30th of January, 2021. The figures are therefore subject to change, according to regular information
updates provided by the government.
For the time being, the Tunisian authorities have only issued marketing authorisations (AMM) for the Pfizer and Sputnik V vaccines. Others are still under review, including the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine which is due to arrive imminently, as well as the
Chinese vaccine from Sinovac.
Initially set at 50,000 doses, Covax's emergency aid was finally increased to more than a million doses by mid-February. The vaccines supplied by the WHO (World Health Organisation) and CDC Africa come from several laboratories: Pfizer, AstraZeneca/Oxford,
and Johnson & Johnson.
Meanwhile, Tunisia has purchased 4 million doses directly from foreign laboratories. In addition to the Pfizer vaccine, the government is also negotiating with Russia.
"Negotiations are well underway and it is very likely that we will secure the Sputnik V vaccine", explains Riadh Daghfous, General Director of the National Pharmacovigilance Centre, and member of the Scientific Commission for combating the coronavirus.