Tunisia’s Health Ministry spokesperson announced on Thursday that the health care system in her country is in a state of collapse as intensive care units have reached capacity as authorities grapple with mounting COVID-19 cases.
A record of nearly 10,000 COVID-19 infections were registered in the African nation on Wednesday, with 134 new fatalities, the Health Ministry said. Reuters reported that concerns are growing that the country will not be able to contain the pandemic.
Last year, Tunisia successfully contained the first wave of the virus. However, the country is currently struggling with a rise in infections. Despite imposing a lockdown in some cities since last week, authorities rejected a full national lockdown due to a crippling economic crisis.
Meanwhile, Director of the Pasteur Institute Hashemi al-Wazir announced that Tunisia is expecting the arrival of 3 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine by September.
The Health Ministry said it will buy 3.5 million doses of vaccines from Johnson & Johnson, adding that the country will receive around 500,000 doses of the Sputnik V shot later this month.
Tunisia therefore, is expected to administer around 7 million vaccine shots during the coming phase.
Since the start of the national inoculation drive on March 13, nearly 2 million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered, including 1,444,152 first doses and 608,332 booster shots.
Around 3 million people have registered to receive the shot through the national vaccination platform.