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Tunisia president calls on politicians to stop exploiting pandemic to serve personal interests

Tunisian healthcare workers assist an elderly woman during inoculation at El-Menzah sports hall in Tunisia's capital Tunis on May 3, 2021 [FETHI BELAID/AFP via Getty Images]
Tunisian healthcare workers assist an elderly woman during inoculation at El-Menzah sports hall in Tunisia's capital Tunis on May 3, 2021 [FETHI BELAID/AFP via Getty Images]

The Tunisian president has pledged to deliver coronavirus vaccines throughout the country, calling on politicians to stop exploiting the difficult circumstances of the pandemic.

After receiving the first dose of the vaccine yesterday, President Kais Saied said: "Tunisians should not be afraid of the vaccines, which will be distributed in all the regions of the country … Be patient and assured that we are with you. The vaccination will come to you … so we can eradicate the pandemic that we have been afflicted with, and life will return to normal."

Saied thanked the countries that have sent medical aid to Tunisia in this difficult health situation that the country faces, with the rocketing rates of daily coronavirus infections.

"Let the Tunisian people know that we will not lose the war and we will win with our military, security, medical, and paramedical capabilities."

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Addressing political parties he said: "People must stop their attempts to exploit this virus by trying to make political gains. It is the cause of an entire people that we are entrusted to serve and a responsibility we take on. That is why everyone must be worthy of the seriousness of this step. We will not rest until we win and develop a new vision by sending the army to vaccinate Tunisians wherever they are."

Tunisia recently has received medical aid from several Arab states including Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, and Saudi. The aid consists of field hospitals and vaccine doses, as well as ventilators and other medical equipment.

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