File Photo: Men wearing protective face masks walk in downtown Cairo, amidst concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease, Egypt, taken on May 2, 2020. REUTERS
Egypt’s Health Ministry of Health and Population said in its daily coronavirus statement that 32 new deaths related to COVID-19 complications were recorded in the past 24 hours nationwide, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus to 21,727.
The statement added that 799 patients have been discharged after recovering from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 320,024.
Egypt received on Thursday 347,460 doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine at Cairo International Airport delivered through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX), the health ministry said.
Egypt announced on Wednesday that it has administered more than 21 million second coronavirus vaccine shots since the country started its vaccination campaign early this year.
This means that Egypt has fully vaccinated slightly over 20 percent of its 102.8 million population, falling short of the World Health Organisation’s global target for countries to fully vaccinate 40 percent of their populations by the end of 2021.
Egypt has so far imported over 119 million COVID-19 vaccines, acting Health Minister Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar said in a Cabinet meeting, noting that around 64.3 million doses are still available.