File photo of a man receives the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, at Al-Nozha Hospital in Cairo, Egypt. On Monday, Oct. 18, 2021 (AP)
The ministry also reported 47 new Covid-19 related deaths in the past 24 hours nationwide, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus to 18.242.
The statement added that 649 patients have been discharged after recovering from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries 273,154.
Egypt received on Friday the third shipment of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine comprising 1.4 million doses donated by the United States, bringing the total to 4.6 million.
Egypt’s vaccination campaign currently uses various types of imported vaccines, including Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer, in addition to its locally-made Sinovac/VACSERA.
Egypt aims to vaccine 40 million citizens by the end of the year, allocating around 1,100 vaccination centres nationwide.
Egypt has vaccinated around 22 million people against coronavirus and has administered 30 million doses since the beginning of its nationwide vaccination campaign early this year, presidential advisor for health affairs Mohamed Awad Tag El-Din told media on Friday.