Massive vaccine campaign underway in Tunisia amid wave of new Covid-19 cases

After successfully managing the first wave of Covid-19, Tunisia is in the most intense crisis period since the outbreak of the pandemic. Claire Paccalin of Jowharreports from the country’s capital.

The scenes in hospitals in Tunis are chaotic, with medical staff saying they are completely overwhelmed and there are not enough to handle the sheer number of patients. Faced with shortages of oxygen and other materials, doctors are forced to make sweeping choices about who to treat.

Officials pin their hopes on the accelerating vaccine campaign, which continues to target the elderly. Jowharvisits a congress center in Tunis that has been used as a vaccination site.

“The only way forward is to vaccinate everyone,” said a doctor who worked at the site. “It won’t be easy, but we hope to vaccinate 50 to 60 percent of the population.” He said he expected them to reach that level within three months.

That goal may be optimistic, however, as many are still skeptical about getting a shot.

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