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Latest update on COVID-19 vaccine: Tunisia to launch coronavirus vaccine in early 2021

07:22 AM Aug 23, 2020 | IANS

Hechmi Louzir, director-general of the Pasteur Institute of Tunis (IPT), said that the vaccine against the coronavirus is expected to be fully ready in Tunisia in early 2021.

"This DNA-based vaccine would strengthen the immune system," Louzir told Shems FM Radio.

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He added that the effectiveness of the vaccine "will also depend on compliance with preventive measures against the virus", Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

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"Once the vaccine is proven to be effective, articles will be published in scientific journals during November and December," the health official explained.

On Tuesday, Louzir announced that a team from the IPT has started working on a vaccine against COVID-19 based on DNA technology.

The IPT is a public health and scientific research centre in Tunisia.

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