Belgian Defense assists Tunisia with emergency aid against COVID-19 loaded on Tunisian C-130

© Gert-Jan D’Haene, Belgian Defense

A Tunisian C-130J (tail number TS-MTL / Z21122) left Thursday July 22 for Tunisia, with equipment to help the country cope with the health crisis. The aid stock collected includes medical equipment for intensive care and personal protective equipment (including gloves and masks) from Belgian Defense reserves. Belgium decided to provide emergency aid after Tunisia requested help through the European Civil Protection Mechanism in the fight against COVID-19.

Tunisia is currently facing a serious deterioration in its health situation and a sharp increase in the number of hospitalizations. The country has communicated specific needs to European partners to help it cope with this situation, including in the area of ​​vaccines. Vaccination rates in the country remain very low and the authorities are trying to speed up the vaccination campaign.

In addition to the Ministry of Defense, the Federal Public Health Service also participated by sending doses of vaccines and drugs for intensive care from its reserve. Solidarity, including international solidarity, in the context of such a pandemic, is essential: none of us is completely safe until all of us are.

Source: BelDefNews (text: Jacques-Emmanuel De Boeck; photo: Gert-Jan D’Haene)

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