Fight against coronavirus pandemic: Algeria receives 200,000 screening kits as part of its cooperation with the EU
March 11, 2021
The Ambassador of the European Union to Algeria, Mr. John O’Rourke, met yesterday in Algiers with the UNDP Resident Representative in Algeria, the General Manager of “Institut Pasteur Algérie”, Mr. Fawzi Derrar, on the occasion of the reception of a new batch of PCR screening kits to support the efforts of the Algerian government in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
The batch includes 100,000 sample kits and 100,000 extraction kits that will allow 100,000 PCR tests to be performed, capable of detecting the new variant. They comes in addition to the 20,000 PCR tests and 400,000 rapid antigenic tests received last month as part of the “European Solidarity Response to Covid-19 in Algeria” project.
It is to be reminded that the EU has mobilised €75 million from its cooperation budget with Algeria to reallocate it to the crisis response, including €43 million for the acquisition of medical equipment and €32 million to support the economic recovery. This comes as part of its joint “Team Europe” initiative to support partner countries in their fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.