Tunisia’s Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi sacked Health Minister Faouzi Mehdi on Tuesday, Mechichi’s office said, amid spiraling coronavirus cases in the North African country.
The ministry announced earlier this month that Tunisia’s health system had “collapsed” under the weight of the pandemic, which has took the lives of around 17,000 people in a population of around 12 million people.
Mechichi’s office announced Mehdi’s sacking in a brief statement, without giving a reason for the move.
Minister of Social Affairs Mohamed Trabelsi will continue as a caretaker for the ministry
Mehdi had initiated a temporary opening of vaccination stations to all Tunisians over 18 for Tuesday and Wednesday, leading to stampedes.
The ministry finally restricted access to vaccination to those aged over 40 on Wednesday to avoid a new rush.
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