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Algeria to receive Russian vaccine Sputnik V


“The #Minister of #Health announced the signing of a mutual agreement contract with a #Russian laboratory for the acquisition of the vaccine against the coronavirus in order to start the vaccination from the month of #January”, specified the holder. word, #Ammar #Belhimer, at the end of the weekly cabinet meeting.

“The #Pasteur #Institute has started a series of consultations with the #Russian company which produces the #Sputnik V vaccine and at the same time continues its consultations with other foreign parties,” he added.

#According to #Algerian media, the #Russian vaccine presents few logistical constraints and an advantageous price for the government of #Algiers.

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#Algeria has released a budget of 1.5 billion dinars (9.2 million euros) for the acquisition of 500,000 doses of vaccine, had previously announced the #Director #General of #Budget at the #Ministry of #Finance, #Abdelaziz #Fayed, on the private #Arabic-speaking television channel #Echorouk.

#Mr. #Fayed specified that the budget for the acquisition of the vaccine could reach 20 billion dinars (122 million euros), without providing further details.

The delivery dates of the first batch and the start of vaccination were not communicated.

#President #Abdelmadjid #Tebboune instructed the government on #December 13, via a video message recorded in #Germany where he was being treated for the virus, to speed up the acquisition of the vaccine and to begin vaccination operations “from #January”.

#Affected by #Covid-19, he left #Algiers at the end of #October for treatment in #Germany, before returning to #Algiers on #December 29.

The #Russian vaccine has been widely criticized, especially by #Western scientists, for its announcement that it was considered premature even before mass clinical trials and the publication of scientific results.

#Its developers claim that it is over 90% effective.

#In #Algeria, the number of #Covid-19 contaminations is approaching 100,000 cases, including more than 2,750 deaths, according to the latest report from the #Ministry of #Health.



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