Algeria

Minister of Health: new national vaccination campaign

The Minister of Health, Abderrahmane Benbouzid, announced, today, Sunday in Algiers, the organization of a new national campaign to vaccinate against the Coronavirus (Covid-19) in light of the increasing number of “Omicron” mutant cases.

In a statement to the press, Mr. Benbouzid, while supervising, together with the Minister of National Education, Abdelhakim Belabed, the launch of the fourth campaign to vaccinate employees of the education sector, said that “a meeting will be held tomorrow, Monday, with the health directors of the provinces of the country, and we will launch a new national vaccination campaign to encourage citizens to vaccinate, as is the only way to limit the spread of the virus, which enables us to acquire group immunity.”

Based on the official figures provided by the Scientific Committee for Monitoring and Follow-up of Outbreaks of the Covid-19 virus, only about 13 million Algerians have received their vaccine against the virus, as specialists consider this number “too insufficient” to achieve mass immunity.

Last Wednesday, the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, stressed during an extraordinary meeting on the epidemiological situation that vaccination remains the “only means” to achieve group immunity, especially after it was found that 94 percent of deaths from Covid-19 were people who did not receive vaccination, stressing the respect for preventive measures in all commercial spaces and public facilities, with the immediate closure of anyone who is proven to have failed to respect these measures, including mass transportation.

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