Egypt receives 3 mln doses of coronavirus Pfizer vaccine from US

Ahram Online , Sunday 16 Jan 2022

Egypt received a shipment of 3 million doses of coronavirus Pfizer vaccine on Sunday as a donation from the United States via the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) program, and in cooperation with the Vaccine Alliance (GAVI), the health ministry announced.

Pfizer shipment
The new shipment of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine was received on Saturday from the US via the COVAX initiative in Cairo. (Photo: Egyptian Health Ministry)

According to the US Embassy in Cairo, the US has so far delivered 19.5 million doses of coronavirus vaccines to Egypt.

Since August, Egypt has received shipments comprising millions of the US-made Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer jabs. The country received its first Pfizer vaccine shipment from the US in late September. 

The shipments are part of 500 million Pfizer vaccine doses donated by the US to the African Union countries through COVAX.

Egypt has used the Pfizer vaccine in its mass vaccination campaign along with several other vaccines, but has been also dedicated the jab for inoculating children aged 12-18.

According to Egypt’s acting Health Minister Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar on Friday, Egypt has secured around 129 million doses of different coronavirus vaccines.

Abdel-Ghaffar added in media statements that Egypt has administered around 36 million first vaccine shots, 24 million second shots, and half a million booster shots.

So far, Egypt tops Africa in its coronavirus vaccine stock from Sinopharm, Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. 

Egypt has recently seen a rise in the number of cases infected with the new coronavirus variant Omicron.

On Saturday, the health ministry urged people suffering from common cold symptoms to consider that they may have contracted COVID-19 and, therefore, to self-isolate and make sure to stop sharing personal tools with family members.

During the weekend, Egypt has been witnessing above the 1,000 case-mark per day for the first times since May, and has so far detected 398,879 cases including 22,123 deaths and 332,531 recoveries.

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