Egypt receives over 5 million new doses of Sinopharm, Sinovac vaccines

Ahram Online , Wednesday 29 Sep 2021

A new shipment of some 4.4 million doses of the Chinese Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Cairo on Wednesday, Egypt's health ministry announced in a statement.


Egypt also received a shipment of 1 million doses of the Chinese Sinovac vaccine on Tuesday as well as 3,000 litres of the raw material needed to produce 4.6 million doses of Sinovac locally, according to the ministry.

Egypt has already started producing Sinovac vaccines locally at its VACSERA factory for domestic consumption as well as for export to African countries.

The raw material shipment is part of three shipments of 8,600 litres that Egypt will receive as part of the agreement signed between VACSERA and Sinovac, health ministry spokesman Khaled Maghed said on Wednesday.

Egypt is currently administrating Sinopharm, Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Sputnik and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, and is also set to receive Pfizer BioNTech vaccine doses.

More than 15 million doses have been administered in Egypt since the country's vaccination campaign started in January, according to the World Health Organisation.

The government is currently intensifying its efforts to reach its target of 40 million fully vaccinated people in Egypt by the end of 2021.

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