Tunisia's Prime Minister Hichem Mechi has fired his health minister, Fouzi Mehdi for making "criminal" decisions that led to overcrowding and chaos at COVID-19 vaccination centers. 29 centers had been set up throughout the country to provide vaccination for everyone over the age of 18 to receive the first dosage of either Sinopharm or AstraZeneca vaccines. Even though the vaccination process began in the country in March this year, less than 5 percent of Tunisia’s nearly 12 million population have been fully vaccinated.
Unfortunately, the country's health system has collapsed and the country is in a catastrophic state, a Tunisian Health Ministry spokeswoman said on Tuesday (20).
Due to the inefficiency in the organization of the vaccination process and criminal decisions of the Health Minister, Fouzi Mehdi, there had been an agitation among the crowds, who reached the vaccination centers in queues. TAP news agency reported that civil society leaders had to step in to manage crowds.
The Minister of Social Affairs, Mohamed Trabelsi has been appointed for the post of Health Minister.
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