An Algerian government spokesperson announced the signing of a contract with a Russian laboratory for the acquisition of the Covid-19 vaccine called Sputnik V. Vaccination should begin in early January in the country.
Algerian government spokesman Ammar Belhimer announced on December 30 that Algeria, where the Covid-19 vaccination campaign is supposed to begin in January, would acquire a first batch of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.
“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. speech at the end of the weekly cabinet meeting. “The Institut Pasteur has started a series of consultations with the Russian company that produces the Sputnik V vaccine and at the same time continues its consultations with other foreign parties,” he added.
A vaccination “from January”
According to Algerian media, the Russian vaccine presents few logistical constraints and an advantageous price for the government of Algiers.
The Director General of the Budget at the Ministry of Finance Abdelaziz Fayed had previously announced on the private Arabic television channel Echorouk that Algeria had released a budget of 1.5 billion dinars (9.2 million euros) for the acquisition of 500,000 doses of vaccine. He 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, to accelerate the acquisition of the vaccine and to start the vaccination operations “from January”. Affected by Covid-19, he left Algiers at the end of October to seek treatment in Germany, before returning to Algiers on December 29.
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.