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Minister of Health: Inclusion of vaccine code in digital platform in coming few months

Minister of Health, Professor Abderrahmane Benbouzid, announced the inclusion of the vaccine code (QR) during the next few months in the digital platform for vaccines prepared by the Ministry.

Being a guest of “Health in a Week” program broadcast on Algerian television devoted to clarifying the ministry’s new strategy to encourage citizens to get vaccinated, health minister affirmed that “in the next few months, the QR code that proves that the concerned person received the vaccine will be included in the ministry’s dedicated digital platform and will be included in the vaccination card that the citizen will submit in various activities organized in order to reduce the transmission of Coronavirus in society.

With regard to the epidemiological situation, which has seen an upward trend in recent days and a shortage of beds in some provinces, the Minister of Health said that the issue “is not related to the number of beds, but the problem currently lies in the difficulty of meeting the needs of the increasing number of infected people in terms of oxygen supply,” underlining the “urgency of studying the situation to solve this issue.

As for the increase in the vaccination rate among members of society, the first official in charge of the health sector called on all citizens to adhere to this process, for which public authorities mobilized all means by opening community centers and spaces in public squares in addition to mobilizing mobile teams in remote areas and others in mosques, stressing once again “ the availability in sufficient quantities of the vaccine”.

Meanwhile, Professor Benbouzid reassured citizens on the effectiveness of all the vaccines acquired by Algeria, noting that “no serious symptoms resulting from these vaccines were recorded among citizens who took them, based on the results of the National Center for Pharmaceutical Vigilance.”

However, the minister warned against gatherings, family reunions, and weddings that may “make things worse” – according to him – during these circumstances, which he described as “very difficult” as a result of the emergence of a new wave after a lull recorded by the country, calling on citizens to turn to vaccination and avoid family visits during the blessed Eid Al-Adha, in addition to adhering to the preventive rules which consist of wearing face masks, washing hands and complying with social distancing, which remain simple but very important measures in limiting the transmission of the virus.

In this context, he stressed that the goal of launching a wide media and communication campaign to encourage citizens to get vaccinated is not only to face up to the situation, but also to “put an end to some of the misinformation circulating on social medias,” stressing the importance of vaccination to protect citizens from the spread of the virus and the reduction of mortality rate in particular.

For his part, the Director-General of the Pasteur Institute of Algeria, Faouzi Derar, confirmed that “alpha” strain of the “Covid-19” virus is the most prevalent in Algeria, accounting for 50 percent, noting that the widespread “delta” strain recorded in recent weeks in several countries of the world represents only 2.67 percent in Algeria as the institute has recently recorded 31 cases.

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