Tunisian tennis player Ons Jabeur, who became the first Arab woman in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in early July, announced Monday, July 12, to sell her racquet to help hospitals in her country, faced with a record number of Covid-19 contaminations.
‘It’s for a good cause (…) I can’t stand there watching my country go through difficult situations,’ the 23rd posted on Instagram.isworld player in the last WTA ranking, specifying that she would add a personal donation to the sum raised during the sale.
An additional resuscitation bed
The racket put on sale at 2,000 dinars (about 610 euros) around noon Monday, had reached the sum of 17,000 dinars (about 5,200 euros) five hours later, according to activist Hajer Driss, who is in charge of collecting the snowshoes. donations.
The racket, which was used to beat in turn Venus Williams (crowned five times at Wimbledon), Garbine Muguruza (winner in 2017) and Iga Swiatek (8isWorld Cup and winner of Roland-Garros 2020), is being auctioned for a period currently set at 48 hours, she said.
The objective is to acquire a sum to add a resuscitation bed for a hospital in a Tunisian region, the price of which can reach 30,000 dinars (10,000 euros), according to the same source.
Tunisian public hospitals are currently facing an unprecedented influx of patients, and can no longer meet all the needs due to the lack of staff and equipment.
An outbreak of the epidemic and a shortage of vaccines
Tunisia, which has the region’s ‘highest’ Covid-19 death rate, according to the World Health Organization, is currently at more than 16,000 deaths per 12 million inhabitants.
While Tunisian President Kais Saied was vaccinated on Monday, Tunis is struggling to find the vaccines necessary to protect its population: there are no more Pfizer vaccines according to the Ministry of Health, and 93% of AstraZeneca stocks were administered.
The United Arab Emirates have pledged 500,000 doses of vaccines expected as of Monday. China and the United States have also announced donations of 500,000 doses each, according to the Tunisian presidency. Neighboring Algeria ‘will deliver aid of 250,000 doses of vaccines’ on Tuesday, said the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, according to the Algerian agency APS.
France announced in June a donation of 325,000 doses of AstraZeneca, which will arrive on July 17 via the Covax initiative, according to the French embassy.
In addition, Qatar delivered a field hospital on Friday, and the Egyptians sent two planes of medical equipment on Saturday, according to the Tunisian presidency, while three oxygen production units donated by France in May are underway. installation.