Tunis/Tunisia — "France will provide Tunisia with a new batch of 500,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses," Minister of State for Tourism, French Nationals Abroad and Francophonie Jean Baptiste Lemoyne said Thursday at a meeting with President Kais Saied, a Presidency of the Republic press release reads.
On this occasion, the French official handed Saied a letter from France's President Emmanuel Macron.
With this new batch, the overall number of vaccines provided by France to Tunisia has reached 1 million doses, in addition to medical equipment and oxygen cylinders to arrive in Tunisia on Thursday.
During this meeting, Saied commended the prestigious friendship relations between both countries, reflected notably through the aid in medical equipment and vaccine quantities to support Tunisia's efforts to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The meeting further highlighted Tunisia and France's commitment to boost the international efforts to effectively and globally combat the health crisis, by implementing the UN Security Council Resolution 2532 of 2020, adopted at the end of a joint Tunisian-French initiative, the press release reads.
The talk also helped discuss the ongoing preparations for the organisation of the 18th La Francophonie Summit to be hosted by Tunisia, as well as the bilateral cooperation, notably in the higher education field with a bid to help Tunisian students to complete their academic studies in France.