Minister of Health, Population and Hospital Reform Abderrahmane Benbouzid, revealed, Friday, the categories with the priority to get vaccinated with the Coronavirus vaccine.
In this connection, he pointed out, during an open day, that once the vaccine is acquired by Algeria, it will first be offered to people over the age of 65 and those with chronic diseases.
The Minister added that “the number of laboratories currently operating to develop the vaccine is 200, all over the world, ” underlining that his ministrial department has signed an agreement with Kovacs, alongwith 172 countries, to be subject to conditions for the acquisition of the vaccine at the best price, best quality and at the earliest time.
The minister continued, “The number of vaccines that have showed positive the results stood at 40, including those who reached the third stage,” indicating that the fourth phase of the vaccine constitutes the beginning of its marketing throughout the world.
In a reply to a question on the price of the vaccine and the budget allocated to its purchase, the Minister stated that Algeria “will not import any vaccine which safety and efficacy are not proved in the producing country, in accordance with the instructions of President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune.”
And to add: “We will purchase it “regardless of its price” because, he said, “protecting citizens’ health is priceless.”
In addition, the Minister of Health referred to the Pfizer vaccine, saying: “This vaccine must be studied by experts and the World Health Organization to confirm its efficacy,” stressing that, to date, no country in the world has provided vaccines to its citizens so far.