Algeria’s COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign Kicks Off With Sputnik V

Algeria has kicked off its COVID-19 vaccination campaign with the first dose of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine

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Algeria has kicked off its COVID-19 vaccination campaign with the first dose of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine given to a 65-year-old retiree at a health unit in Bilda, southwest of the capital, Algiers.

It was in this town that the country’s first coronavirus infection case was confirmed in March and Algerians have been frustrated by repeated broken promises of an imminent vaccine rollout,

There have also been growing concerns about President Abdelmadjid Tebboune who has been in Germany since early January for treatment of coronavirus-related complications.

Algeria received its first shipment of coronavirus vaccines on Friday at Boufarik military airport, west of Algiers.

Authorities did not indicate how many doses arrived, though the government stated it had ordered a first batch of 500,000 doses and is also negotiating the acquisition of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Yacine Ali Messaoud, a health worker, came out to set an example for his peers and patriots by taking the Vaccine.

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