CAIRO, 10 Feb – RIA Novosti, Zaman Ramazanov. Russia and Tunisia are negotiating the supply of Russian vaccine against coronavirus to this Arab country as soon as possible, Russian Ambassador to Tunisia Sergei Nikolaev said in an interview with RIA Novosti.
According to the diplomat, in Tunisia, vaccination of the population against coronavirus is considered as the most important factor in normalizing the epidemiological situation and, as a result, returning socio-economic life to its usual course.
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“The possibility of using Russian developments to combat the coronavirus pandemic has been closely studied here since their inception. We note the high professionalism of Tunisian medical specialists and infectious disease scientists, who promptly and appreciated the effectiveness of the Sputnik V vaccine,” the ambassador said.
“The result of our joint work was the verdict of the Tunisian Ministry of Health, which allowed its use on the national territory on January 30. Negotiations are underway on the supply of the domestic vaccine as soon as possible,” Nikolayev noted.
Tunisia became the third country in Africa after Algeria and Guinea to register the Sputnik V vaccine. The Ministry of Health issued a temporary registration for one year as part of an emergency procedure.
The Russian Ministry of Health registered the Sputnik V vaccine in August 2020, it was developed by the Gamaleya Research Center for Electrochemistry. This vaccine was the first in the world to prevent COVID-19. Sputnik V is built on a well-studied and proven platform of human adenoviral vectors, the important advantages of which are safety, efficacy and the absence of long-term negative consequences. The effectiveness of “Sputnik V” is above 90%, the vaccine provides full protection against severe cases of coronavirus disease.
According to the Ministry of Health, since the beginning of the pandemic in Tunisia, more than 217 thousand cases of COVID-19 have been recorded, more than 175 thousand people have recovered, and more than seven thousand patients have died.