Pasteur Institute in Algeria: All means mobilized for safe transport of COVID-19 vaccines

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The Director of Supply at the Pasteur Institute in Algeria, Samai Zoulikha, confirmed, today, Tuesday, Feb 02nd, 2021, that all the necessary means have been mobilized for the storage and transportation of the vaccines nationwide.

In a statement to Ennahar TV, the Director explained that the Sputnik V vaccine requires a temperature of -20 degrees Celsius.

As for the AstraZeneca vaccine, it requires a temperature between 2 to 8 degrees Celsius – according to the same spokeswoman -.

As for the distribution of vaccines, Samai stated that the operation is in line with the storage and transportation conditions of each province.

The spokeswoman indicated that the Pasteur Institute provides all the capabilities for the transportation of these vaccines, adding that Sputnik must be kept frozen.

The Director of Supply underlined that no risk will be looming large while transporting the vaccines, whether by land or air, to the south.

Algeria started its vaccination campaign on Saturday, a day after receiving 50,000 doses of Sputnik V. A shipment of the AstraZeneca vaccine arrived, also, on Monday.

The vaccination campaign, to last throughout 2021 was symbolically kicked off Blida (50km west of Algiers), the first national cluster of the pandemic, which appeared over a year ago.

The operation will concern, in a first step, people prone to infections and transmissions, notably staff of the medical sector, the elderly and people with chronic disease. It will, also, be extended, as from Sunday, to cover other sectors, namely; Police services and Civil Protection, education and also Imams, political officials and the media body.

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