Algeria has been hit by two shocks in 2020—the spread of COVID-19 and the sharp decline in oil prices. Government policy is responding to both shocks.
The first case of COVID-19 in Algeria was reported on February 25, 2020. The authorities responded to the pandemic by implementing containment measures since early February 2020 (e.g., cancelling flights, and imposing quarantines to repatriated Algerians). Confinement measures included closure of schools, universities, restaurants, and shops; cancellation of public and private events; shut down of transportation services (internal and external); putting on mandatory leave half of civil servants and private workers with full compensation. Demonstrations and religious activities were cancelled, a lockdown of affected areas was ordered and a curfew was put in place in several cities including Algiers.
A gradual easing of containment measured started in early June 2020. The authorities have continued to monitor and adapt the lockdown measures as needed, including during the second wave of the pandemic in Algeria in late 2020. International borders partially reopened in June 2021. The number of daily new cases, which had fallen sharply through to late March 2021 following a peak during the second wave, is ticking up again. Algeria started the vaccination campaign in late-January 2021 with 100,000 doses of vaccines and has since received additional doses through the COVAX Facility and other sources. Domestic production of the Sputnik V vaccine is expected to start in September, according to an official government announcement.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Which vaccines are available in Algeria? SPUTNIK-V, SINOPHARM, ASTRO-ZENECA
- The Algerian Ministry of Health has a website to register for a COVID-19 vaccine. It has also announced that individuals may register at public health units: “établissements publics de santé de proximité (EPSP).” There is a prioritization which includes age group, but the Ministry has not published specifics. The registration web page, available in French and Arabic, may not be accessible from the U.S. and can be found here: