Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has issued directives to provide Tunisia with one million doses of the coronavirus vaccine and aid upon the request from Tunisian President Kais Saied, according to an announcement issued on Monday.
The King directed the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Action (KSRelief) to urgently support Tunisia with medical and preventive equipment and supplies in a way that contributes to overcoming the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A day earlier, Tunisia has received a pledge from the UAE for 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines following a call between Saied and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Adivser at the Royal Court and General Supervisor of the King Salman Relief Center, Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulazzis al – Rabiah, confirmed that the aid to Tunisia will also include 190 artificial respirators, 319 oxygen concentrators, 150 beds, 50 vital signs monitoring device with a trolly, 4 million medical masks, and 500,000 medical gloves, 180 pulse oximeters, 25 intravenous drug pump, 9 defibrillators, 15 video laryngoscopes, and 5 electrocardiographs (ECG).
Tunisia’s heal care system is collapsing due to the coronavirus, with intensive care deparments full and doctors overburdened by a rapid outbreak of cases and desths, the health ministry said last Thursday.