Tunisia approves Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

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In this photo illustration a Johnson & Johnson logo is seen in front of a medical syringe and a vial with coronavirus vaccine. Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images

Tunisia approved Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday and will soon receive 1.5 million doses of the vaccine under an African Union plan.

The North Africa country also intends to buy further doses directly from the company to speed up its vaccination campaign, as it seeks to vaccinate 5 million people by the end of the year.

Tunisia will extend its nighttime curfew hours and will prevent all gatherings and weekly markets to curb the rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic, as intensive care units near-maximum capacity in most hospitals.

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