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Covid-19 Vaccination Africa: Tunisia vaccinates people over 40

Tunisia’s population is about 12-million and by mid-October, the government plans to carry out the first jab, vaccinating half of the population. Currently after receiving over 6-million doses of Covid-19 vaccines from Western and Arab countries, people over the age of 40 are now being vaccinated.  According to President Kais Saied, another round of 6-million …

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Tunisia to partner with WHO and aims to revive its economy

Tunisia, a country of about 12 million people in population, has so far received only 1.6 million Covid-19 doses out of the 2.5 million budgeted to come from WHO-led COVAX initiative. The Prime Minister of Tunisia, Hichem Mechichi, appealed to WHO yesterday during a meeting in Geneva to boost vaccine provisions in order to accelerate …

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Nigeria now to face Algeria and Tunisia in October friendlies

Nigeria’s Super Eagles will now face Algeria and Tunisia in October friendlies as Cote d’Ivoire opt-out. Nigeria’s Super Eagles will now face Algeria and Tunisia in October friendlies as Cote d’Ivoire opt out. There has been a little tweak to Super Eagles October 2020 plans as African champions Algeria have now replaced Côte d’Ivoire as …

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Tunisian Parliament endorses Prime Minister-designate

Tunisia’s Parliament has approved Prime Minister-designate Hichem Mechichi’s government – the country’s third administration in less than a year. Following a 15-hour session that started on Tuesday, Mechichi’s cabinet – dominated by independent technocrats – won 134 votes out of the 217 members of parliament. Al Jazeera reported that the former interior minister, Mechichi replaces …

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Tunisia’s Prime Minister, Elyes Fakhfakh resigns

Tunisian Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh resigned on Wednesday, according to two official sources who did not want to be named, after a row with the Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party. Fakhfakh, who is under investigation over allegations of conflict of interest, has had strained relations with Ennahdha, the biggest party in parliament, since October legislative elections. Ennahdha had …

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Tunisia’s Prime Minister, Elyes Fakhfakh resigns

Tunisian Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh resigned on Wednesday, according to two official sources who did not want to be named, after a row with the Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party. Fakhfakh, who is under investigation over allegations of conflict of interest, has had strained relations with Ennahdha, the biggest party in parliament, since October legislative elections. Ennahdha had …

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Tunisian court jails blogger for reposting “unislamic” joke

A Tunisian court has sentenced blogger Emna Chargui to six months in prison and a $700 fine for reposting a Facebook joke about the coronavirus written as if it was a Koranic verse. “This is unfair and unjust … this proves that there is no freedom here,” Chargui, 27, told Reuters from home where she …

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Tunisia boils as citizens protesting over lack of jobs clash with police

For weeks, demonstrators at a protest camp in the southern Tataouine region have demanded authorities make good on a 2017 promise to provide jobs in the gas and oil sector to thousands of unemployed. They have blocked roads around the El-Kamour pumping station to prevent tanker trucks from entering the facility but until Sunday the protest …

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Tunisia poised to reopen economy fully with Zero COVID 19 score in one month

After recording  zero local COVID 19 case for almost a month and Tunisia will be the first nation in the North Africa to reopen its borders, on June 27. In Sousse, Osama Mani, who handles reservations at a major upscale hotel, said locals who rely on tourism were trying to get back on their feet. “We …

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Tunisian doctors deploy robots to reduce contact with COVID-19 patients

Health workers have deployed a robot in a Tunisian hospital caring for coronavirus victims to limit contact between staff and infected patients, in a first for the North African country. The tall, single-limbed machine is mounted on wheels and is capable of taking pulses and checking temperatures and blood oxygen levels. It enables nurses, doctors, …

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