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First the refrigerators, then the vaccine … Algerian health minister speaks of the most important obstacle in his country taking over the Pfizer vaccine



First the refrigerators, then the vaccine ... Algerian health minister speaks of the most important obstacle in his country taking over the Pfizer vaccine

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Algiers. A policeman stands in front of a ship preparing to dock in port, transporting Algerians stranded in France due to Corona last March

Algerian Minister of Health and Hospital Reform, Abdel Rahman Ben Bouzid on Sunday said he would do whatever is necessary to procure vaccines against the Corona epidemic when the World Health Organization releases the appropriate vaccine.

The minister added with regard to the “Pfizer” vaccine, during a follow-up visit to the Beni Massous Hospital at the altitudes of the city of Algiers to see the progress in the care of Corona patients: “There are aspects that we are investigating, we have to bring this vaccine under special circumstances, including refrigerators at 70 degrees below zero “A load for which the calculations count, the more so as this equipment” can only be opened twice and must contain (…) special snow made below 70.9 degrees “.

The minister explained that he would meet “the health committee and experts” to discuss “price, quality and quantity required”. On the other hand, he pointed out that “there are other vaccines produced in other countries”, including the Russian vaccine “Sputnik V”, and Algeria has already contacted stakeholders in various countries and laboratories on this matter.

First the refrigerators, then the vaccine ... Algerian health minister speaks of the most important obstacle in his country taking over the Pfizer vaccineAbdel-Rahman Professor of Medicine Ben Bouzid, Algerian Minister of Health and Hospital Reform. Photo: Algerian media.

Speaking today on Sunday to the French-speaking third Algerian radio channel, Ben Bouzid assured Algerians that the healthcare structures available in the country are sufficient to accommodate coronavirus patients and that there is no need for field hospitals.

He explained that his service provided “over 18,000 beds” for coronavirus patients, in addition to “1,500 resuscitation beds.” So, according to the minister’s data, Algeria is currently treating 7,800 people infected with the epidemic through the national health structures, and they do not account for more than 42 percent of the total reception capacity to care for those infected with the virus. Meanwhile, 61 percent of CPR beds are still waiting for patients whose severe injuries require care for CPR and intensive treatment.

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