Egypt’s health ministry has allocated 34 centres in all 27 governorates to begin administering the Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine to citizens later this month, according to an Ahram Arabic news website exclusive.
The ministry set three centres in each of Cairo and Giza, two centres in each of Qalioubiya and Alexandria, and one centre in each of the remaining 23 governorates.
Egypt received a first 50,000-dose batch of a coronavirus vaccine developed by China’s Sinopharm on 10 December.
The Chinese pharma giant said in late December that phase 3 trials of its vaccine found it was 79 percent effective.
Health Minister Hala Zayed announced earlier this month that the vaccination process is expected to start for priority groups in mid-January.
Vaccine doses will first be provided to medical staff at quarantine, fever and chest hospitals, then patients suffering from cancer or kidney or immunity problems, patients with chronic diseases, and the elderly.
Eventually all citizens above 18 will be able to be vaccinated.
The vaccination process remains optional.