Egypt's Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed (L) meets with South Korea’s Ambassador in Egypt Jinwook Hong in Cairo
Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed said that Egypt seeks to cooperate with South Korea in the fields of plasma collection and coronavirus vaccine production in a meeting with South Korea’s Ambassador in Egypt Jinwook Hong on Sunday.
The meeting discussed means of fostering cooperation between the two countries in the health and pharmaceutical sectors, according to a statement released by the South Korean Embassy in Egypt.
Zayed told Jinwook that South Korean medical firms could benefit from Egypt's strategic location, which would grant them access to African markets.
She also thanked the South Korean government for its support for Egypt in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the statement added.
On his part, the South Korean diplomat said that his country looks forward to expanding cooperation with Egypt in the pharmaceutical and health sectors, especially since Egypt aims to become a regional centre for drug manufacturing and distribution.
He added that the South Korean Embassy in Egypt will be organising a symposium on 27 September to inform South Korean medical corporations about the capabilities of the Egyptian medical and pharmaceutical market.
Jinwook also extended an invitation to the Egyptian health minister and representatives from the country’s leading health firms and institutions — notably the Egyptian Drug Authority and the Egyptian Authority for Unified Procurement — to take part in the symposium.