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Covid-19: Minister of Health excludes inclusion of third dose in vaccination program in Algeria

The Minister of Health, Abderrahmane Benbouzid, ruled out today, Monday in Algiers,  the “inclusion” of a third dose of vaccines, stressing that the scientific committee for monitoring the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic “did not evoke this possibility at all.”

On the sidelines of a training day for the executives of several sectors as part of the European Solidarity Response Project to the Covid-19 pandemic in Algeria, the Minister of Health confirmed that several countries “have not addressed the possibility of including a third dose yet, ruling out the inclusion of this dose in the national vaccination campaign.”

With regard to the possibility of “compulsory vaccination,” the first official in charge of the sector said that the citizens are aware of the importance of the vaccination campaign and we hope that he will adhere to it “spontaneously and willingly” in order to contain the spread of the virus in the future and ensure protection for all the members of the society.

Answering the concern of some citizens who are about to travel regarding “some European countries not accepting the Sinovac vaccine,” the minister explained that 10 European countries so far allow foreigners to enter their territories, including France, which imposes a third dose for these foreigners of the vaccines it uses.

With regard to the epidemiological situation, Mr. Benbouzid confirmed that it recorded a significant decline in cases of infection and deaths.

He also called, on the occasion, for “a new impetus to be given to the vaccination campaign in coordination with all sectors concerned with the return to work,”.

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