Egypt’s VACSERA, China’s Sinovac Biotech sign new cooperation agreement

MENA , Wednesday 19 Jan 2022

Egypt’s embassy in Beijing hosted on Wednesday via videoconference a ceremony for signing a cooperation agreement between Egypt's VACSERA and China's Sinovac Biotech, the foreign ministry announced.

Egypt's ambassador to China Mohamed El-Badry with Chinese CEO of Sinovac Biotech Weidong Yin at the Egyptian embassy in Beijing (Phot : Egyptian Foreign Ministry )

Under the new agreement, Egypt and China would cooperate to establish a fully automated vaccine-storing complex at VACSERA factories in Giza's 6 October City.

The complex can accommodate 150 million doses of coronavirus vaccines, said Egyptian ambassador in Beijing Mohamed El-Badry.

The foreign ministry said on its Facebook account that the deal was signed by CEO of Sinovac Biotech Weidong Yin and VACSERA Chief Heba Wali in the presence of Egypt’s acting Health Minister Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar.

The acting health minister thanked the Chinese government and Sinovac for their support for Egypt in the fight against the pandemic.

Abdel-Ghaffar discussed with Sinovac's CEO the possibility of building a sophisticated laboratory for virology research at VACSERA.

In April 2021, the state-owned VACSERA and Sinovac signed two agreements to produce the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine locally in Egypt under the name Sinovac/VACSERA for both domestic use and export to African countries.

Egypt started mass production of Sinovac/VACSERA in August 2021.

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