Egypt receives over 2.1 million Pfizer coronavirus vaccines from US

Ahram Online , Sunday 20 Feb 2022

Cairo received on Sunday a shipment comprising over 2,158,650 doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine from the government of the United States, the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population announced.

Egypt receives over 2.1 million Pfizer coronavirus vaccines from the US at Cairo International Airport, 20 February 2022. Egyptian Ministry of Health

The shipment was obtained via COVAX, an international initiative that seeks to ensure equitable distribution of coronavirus vaccines, in cooperation with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

Late in January, the US embassy in Cairo said Egypt had received more than 21 million doses of high-quality vaccines from the US.

Egypt, which has imported over 140 million coronavirus vaccine doses as of 10 February, has administered more than 39 million vaccine shots through Saturday.

More than 29.4 million citizens are fully vaccinated to date, the health ministry announced on Sunday.

Acting Health Minister Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar also discussed with Chinese Ambassador in Cairo Liao Liqiang a Chinese government plan to send 60 million doses of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine to Egypt soon.

Egypt suffered a sharp increase in coronavirus cases over the past month before the cases stabilised over the recent week.

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