World Bank lends Tunisia € 82.5 million to support covid-19 vaccination campaign
Tunisia on Thursday subscribed to a loan of 82.5 million euros from the World Bank, intended to support the vaccination campaign against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The subscription agreement, in preparation since December, was signed by Tunisian Minister of Finance Ali Kooli and the director of the World Bank for Tunisia.
The loan will mature in 2039 at an interest rate set at 0.43%, including a 5-year grace period.
Tunisia launched its vaccination campaign on March 13, but as of March 30, only 53,089 people have received the first dose and only 797,093 citizens have registered on the Evax platform, awaiting their turn to be vaccinated, although the pandemic is spreading.
As of Tuesday, 1,847 new cases were reported, bringing the number of infections to 254,018.
The loan will also be used to strengthen the health system, namely monitoring health security, supporting information systems and strengthening the cold chain, logistics, infrastructure and communication.
The funds will also help Tunisia finance the acquisition of vaccines that have already been validated and those that have not yet been validated by the World Health Organization, reports Webdo Tunis.
The new loan is the second in a few weeks between Tunisia and the Washington-based financial institution.
At the end of last month, the World Bank announced a loan of 100 million dollars to Tunisia which wants to ensure equitable and affordable access to the vaccine throughout the country.