Minister Hala Zayed during the governors meeting on Saturday (Photo: Egyptian Cabinet)
In a cabinet meeting for governors, Zayed stated that the government will soon establish vaccination centres at high turnout public venues to vaccinate citizens more quickly, including mosques and churches on Friday and Sundays.
Egypt has set a goal of vaccinating 40 million people by the end of 2021. The government has already increased the number of vaccination centres in September to 1,100 nationwide.
Providers have administered more than 23.3 million COVID-19 doses nationwide, Zayed said last week.
The health minister also stated that Egypt has a stock of 60.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, and that the number would grow to 70 million by the end of the month.
Earlier Saturday, the US Embassy in Cairo announced that over one million doses of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine were on their way to Cairo from the United States.
During the meeting, Zayed also revealed that starting next week the manufacturing technology to produce the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine locally will be transferred to VACSERA, adding that Egypt will start exporting Sinovac/VACSERA next week.
Egypt is planning to manufacture 40 million doses of the Chinese vaccine by the end of the year at VACSERA factories.
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly headed the governors meeting, which was attended by Education Minister Tarek Shawky, Local Development Minister Mahmoud Shaarawy and Minister of Housing Essam El-Gazzar.