Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State for Tourism, French Nationals Abroad and Francophonie, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is visiting Tunisia from July 22 to 23.
The minister of state will express France’s wholehearted solidarity with Tunisia in order to respond to the health crisis. In addition to the financial, material, and multilateral assistance provided during the first wave of the pandemic, more than a million vaccine doses donated by France will be delivered the next few days; an initial donation of 324,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses, via the Covax initiative, and an additional 300,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses, were delivered this week, to which 500,000 doses of the single dose Janssen vaccine will be added. Furthermore, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne will take delivery of three liquid oxygen tanks supplied by Air Liquide and delivered by a French Navy vessel that will make it possible to provide oxygen to up to 3,000 patients over 24 hours. These tanks are in addition to the healthcare equipment sent by France. More than 85 tons and 1,500 m3 of medical and personal protective equipment will have been delivered to Tunisia by the end of the month. Lastly, the minister of state will take part in the launch of the program to vaccinate French nationals in Tunisia, due to get underway in the next few weeks.
During his visit, the minister of state will be received by Kais Saied, President of Tunisia, as well as by Hichem Mechichi, Prime Minister of Tunisia. He will meet with Othman Jerandi, Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs.
He will also meet with councilors representing French nationals abroad and members of the French community, including leaders of French firms operating in Tunisia.