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Drug shortage adds to Tunisia’s woes

In light of the successive crises facing Tunisians, pharmacies across the country are suffering drug shortages, which the authorities are unable to resolve.
A nurse shows a vial of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus at a hospital at the start of a vaccination program, Tunis, Tunisia, March 13, 2021.

TUNIS, Tunisia — A drug crisis has hit Tunisia in recent weeks, exacerbated by a strike by medicine distributors, after many international pharmaceutical companies shut down their offices in the North African country.

“I can barely find any of my medicines, all of which I cannot dispense with since they control my blood disease and other illnesses I have,” said Mariam al-Jubari, 68, from Ben Arous governorate in the northeast.

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