Tunisia Health Minister kicked out over spiraling coronavirus infections

TUNISIA – Tunisia’s Prime Minister, Hichem Mechichi, has fired Health Minister Faouzi Mehdi, amid escalating coronavirus cases in the North African country. The ministry said earlier this month that Tunisia’s health system had “collapsed” under the weight of the pandemic, which has caused more than 17,000 deaths in a population of around 12 million. Mechichi’s office announced Mehdi’s sacking in a brief statement Tuesday, without giving a reason for the move. A government statement said the minister of social affairs, Mohamed Trabelsi, has been appointed as caretaker of the position.…

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Tunisia listed as red zone by France amid rise in COVID-19 cases

TUNISIA – Tunisia is classified by France as a “red zone” country from July 16 due to the worsening COVID-19 situation, the French Embassy in Tunisia has said. Placing Tunisia on the “red zone” list means unvaccinated Tunisians will not be able to enter France without a compelling reason, Gabriel Attal, the spokesman of the French government, was quoted as saying in a statement released by the French embassy. A negative PCR test for COVID-19 of less than 48 hours will be required at the entrance to French territory and…

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China’s Sinopharm vaccine gaining popularity in Africa, as Tunisia grants approval

TUNISIA – Tunisian Ministry of Health has announced that China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine has been officially approved for marketing in the country. “The Ministry of Health has granted an exceptional and provisional marketing authorization in the Tunisian market for China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine,” said a ministry statement. The marketing authorization was granted after the issue was evaluated by the specialized committee in the field of virology, toxicology and the Technical Committee for Pharmaceutical Specialties. Since the start of the national vaccination campaign against the coronavirus on March 13, a total…

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Tunisia receives medical aid shortly after nationwide outcry due to surge in infections

TUNISIA – Tunisia has received a Qatari donation of medical equipment in addition to a field hospital with 200 beds and 100 artificial respirators, to help combat the calamity that has befallen the country due to Covid-19. “This field hospital will be installed as soon as possible in the southern suburb of the capital in order to take care of COVID-19 patients and try to curb the spread of the pandemic in this region,” the statement by the Secretary General of the government Walid Dhahbi said. The Qatari ambassador to…

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Tunisian healthcare system at the verge of collapsing as infections swarm the country

TUNISIA – Tunisia has recorded 9,823 new coronavirus cases and 134 deaths, a new record since the start of the pandemic, the health ministry has said, as concerns grow that the country will not be able to control the pandemic. The total number of cases has climbed to around 465,000 and more than 15,700 deaths. Tunisia’s health care system is collapsing due to the coronavirus, with intensive care departments full and doctors overburdened by a rapid outbreak of cases and deaths, the health ministry has reported. “We are in a…

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Increased efficiency in manufacturing companies bolsters Tunisian pharmaceutical sector

TUNISIA – Tunisia is one of the few countries in Africa having a well-established pharmaceutical sector. They have efficient and modern pharmaceuticals and such medications are considered legal in other nations. This is further attributed to the fact that Tunisia and Morocco both follow international standards of medication. The presence of a generic population in high number is a key factor augmenting the growth of the Tunisia pharmaceutical market during the forecast period. Players of the global Tunisia pharmaceutical market are indulging in merger and acquisition strategies to gain an…

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5.69 million and counting, Africa’s Covid-19 situation in a nutshell

AFRICA – A total of 5,693,566 Covid-19 cases have been reported in Africa so far. The continent, which is currently at the peak of the third wave of infections, has reported 146,175 deaths and 4,906,990 recoveries. At least ten countries in Africa have attained a threshold of over 100,000 cases. These include; South Africa, the most affected country I the continent having reported 2,075,409 cases, 1,827,821 recoveries and 62,171 deaths. South Africa is followed closely by Morocco and Tunisia which have recorded 534,797cases and 9,329 deaths, 447,161                cases and 15,482…

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Coronavirus is spreading in Africa at record pace, WHO warns, as vaccine shipments trickle in

AFRICA – The Delta variant of coronavirus is driving the pandemic forward in Africa at record speeds, the World Health Organization (WHO) has cautioned. Infection numbers have increased in Africa for six weeks running, rising by a quarter week-on-week to almost 202,000 in the week that ended Sunday, it said. The continent’s weekly record currently stands at 224,000 new cases while deaths rose by 15 percent across 38 African countries to nearly 3,000 in the same period. “The speed and scale of Africa’s third wave is like nothing we’ve seen…

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