We have been witnessing in Tunisia for a couple of days a worrying acceleration of circumstances of contamination by Covid-19, accompanied by a rise in the variety of every day deaths, witness that the subsequent days shall be very exhausting. While vaccines are sluggish in coming and the vaccination system is not but in place.
By Dr Faouzi Addad *
The subsequent 15 days will in all probability be the most troublesome for our nation. With a inhabitants 10 instances smaller than that of Japan and a mortality 16 instances greater, we see that the “Tunisian miracle” didn’t occur. Enough to encourage us to be humble in entrance of the infinitely small.
The measures taken lately are not working and this is virtually fixed in most international locations of the world. This explains the race for vaccination “for all” began in all places.
The proof by the quantity
France has simply adjusted its vaccination technique by vaccinating 5,000 individuals in a single day following stress from politicians calling the begin of the marketing campaign “State scandal”. Also, the preliminary standards for getting vaccinated have been utterly revised and the variety of individuals vaccinated per day has grow to be the solely comparator between international locations.
In Tunisia, our nationwide counter is nonetheless at zero and it might stay so for a protracted time to come back, given the stress from wealthy international locations on pharmaceutical laboratories to have the mandatory doses of vaccine delivered to their respective populations. This race for the vaccine was anticipated and the inequality of alternative between international locations too.
We will attain, in lower than 48 hours, 5,000 deaths and greater than 150,000 contaminations, in a hallucinating indifference of the authorities and we see that the concern of our insurance policies is completely different at the second. However, the administration of this epidemic can’t be the sole accountability of the Ministry of Health. Without coordination at the highest degree of the State, will probably be troublesome to restrict the injury, whereas the spirit of these accountable is nonetheless elsewhere.
For a collective citizen method
We should rely on a collective citizen method to get out of this epidemic with as little loss as potential. Let us restrict our actions to the strict minimal, keep away from gatherings of greater than 10 individuals and observe barrier gestures extra strictly.
In the meantime, the actual query at the second in Tunisia is not who ought to obtain the vaccine however when will it occur? Then the priorities are identified to all and expertise reveals that since the purpose is to vaccinate everybody or as many individuals as potential, the most essential factor is to behave shortly. Normally, we must always already be on lists linked to a vaccination heart. Which is nonetheless removed from being the case.
The epidemic state of affairs of main nations is very worrying with a brand new loss of life file in the United States, with even a name to not deliver determined circumstances to hospitals as a way to allow them to die at residence.
In Tunisia, there should be a transparent technique, a mister vaccine, and logistics protected by our safety forces as a way to keep away from jostling on D-day. We nonetheless have an opportunity to show that our nation will be capable of vaccinate the most. massive variety of residents in a brief time. At least that is my want. We should put together for it now with white operations, even when it means taking two days off for the vaccination. We should innovate and be as much as the occasion.
* Professor of cardiology.