The Algerian campaign against Covid-19 was kicked off in a polyclinic in the wilaya (prefecture) of Blida, which has been severely affected by the coronavirus epidemic. Vaccination must be accessible as a priority to medical staff, the elderly as well as patients with chronic disease, before extending on Sunday to security and civil protection personnel, the education sector, imams, officials politicians and journalists. Some 8,000 health centers across the country are mobilized.
Sputnik-V vaccines but also AstraZeneca / Oxford
The first doses of the Sputnik-V vaccine arrived in Algeria on Friday. The number of doses delivered was not specified. At the end of December, Algiers announced that it had ordered 500,000 doses of vaccine from its Russian ally. The largest Maghreb country (44 million inhabitants) will also receive the first doses of the British vaccine AstraZeneca / Oxford on Sunday, according to government spokesman and Minister of Communication, Ammar Belhimer. Algeria will receive another batch of anti-Covid-19 vaccines from China and India, as well as other countries, he said, according to the agency. The number of Covid-19 contaminations officially approaches 107,000 cases in Algeria, including nearly 2,900 deaths, according to the latest official report. The government decided on Saturday to extend the “partial home confinement” for 15 days from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. in 19 of the country’s 48 prefectures, according to an official statement. So far, 29 prefectures have been subject to this curfew.