Half of targeted Algerian population vaccinated against COVID-19: minister

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A medical worker prepares the COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Blida, Algeria, on Jan. 30, 2021. Algeria's COVID-19 vaccine rollout kicked off Saturday in the town of Blida, where the country's first case was reported in early 2020. The campaign is set to start nationwide with healthcare workers, the elderly and other vulnerable populations. (Xinhua)
A medical worker prepares the COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Blida, Algeria. /Xinhua

Algerian Health Minister Abderrahmane Benbouzid announced Thursday that half of the targeted population in Algeria has been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Benbouzid made the remarks after a meeting with other government officials, the official APS news agency reported.

He said that 10 million out of a total of 20 million targeted people in the country have benefited from the national vaccination campaign against the COVID-19.

Benbouzid urged the citizens to be vaccinated, as it is “the only effective way to stem the spread of the virus and prevent the fourth wave of the pandemic.”

The minister called on all sectors to “invite all people to be vaccinated as soon as possible.”

Algeria expanded its vaccination campaign against the COVID-19 on Sept. 4, aiming at achieving herd immunity as soon as possible

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