Elderly people, wearing protective face masks amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, wait to receive a shot of a COVID-19 vaccine at a health centre, in Qatameya, Cairo, Egypt March 22, 2021. REUTERS
The ministry also reported 37 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the country's total death toll to 17,436.
The statement added that 695 patients have been discharged after recovering from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries 258,947.
Last week, Egypt received 1.6 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine from the US and 100,800 doses of AstraZeneca donated by the Polish government last week.
Egypt has already obtained more than 40 million vaccine doses.
The country had administered more than 16 million vaccine doses nationwide since the start of a mass vaccination campaign in January.
The health ministry has said that the numbn=er of deaths in the current fourth wave of the coronavirus is lower than previous waves due to the increase in the numebr of citizens who received the innoculation.