The vaccination campaign against the global pandemic Coronavirus was launched, last week, in Algeria from the province of Blida. This Sunday, the spokesperson for the scientific committee, monitoring the evolution of the epidemic in our country Dr. Djamel Fourar, unveiled more details on Algeria’s Covid-19 fight strategy.
Speaking at a meeting at the People’s National Assembly (APN), Dr. Fourar announced the start of the distribution of Astrazeneca vaccines to all corners of Algeria. According to him, doses of the “AstraZeneca” Covid-19 vaccine will be channeled, starting from Sunday, to 28 provinces in the country.
“The 20 provinces having benefited from the Russian Sputnik-V vaccine had experienced a very high infection rate (…) the remaining 28 provinces will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine batches as of this Sunday ,” the scientific committee spokesperson pointed out.
“60% to 70% of the population must be vaccinated”:
Dr. Fourar explained that the Coronavirus vaccination should reach 70% of the Algerian population for Algeria to achieve collective immunity.
“The first scenario of immunizing 60% of the population, which means 17 million Algerians will need to be vaccinated, with 38 million doses of the vaccine,” he said.
“Regarding the second scenario, it requires that 70% of Algerians be vaccinated, about 20 million people, with about 44 million doses,” added Dr. Fourar.
For his part, the Minister of Health Abdelrahmane Benbouzid, present at the meeting, indicated that, since August 2020, Algeria had started negotiations with several anti-Covid vaccine laboratories. “With some it has resulted in the signing of contracts and memorandu of understanding,” he underlined.