Egypt receives new shipment of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine from the US

Ahram Online , Saturday 16 Oct 2021

Egypt received on Saturday over one million doses of the Pfizer BionNTech coronavirus vaccine donated by the US government via the COVAX initiative, Health Minister Hala Zayed announced.

Pfizer coronavirus doses received in Cairo
The Pfizer coronavirus vaccine doses as they are received at Cairo International Airport on Saturday (Photo: Egyptian Ministry of Health)

According to Zayed, Egypt received 1,611,090 doses of Pfizer vaccine.

This is the second of five shipments of the Pfizer vaccine totaling five million doses that Egypt is to receive from the United States, according to earlier statements by the health ministry.

Egypt received the first shipment of 1.6 million doses in late September.

The country is on the shortlist of partner countries to receive US vaccines against the coronavirus, according to the US Embassy.

In late July, Zayed announced that UNICEF granted Egypt 63 special refrigerators to store doses of the Pfizer vaccine and that the units can store nearly 619,000 doses of the vaccine.

Egypt already has a stock of coronavirus vaccines from AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Sputnik, Johnson & Jonson and locally produced Sinovac.

Earlier Saturday, Zayed stated in a cabinet meeting for governors that Egypt already has a stock of over 60 million vaccine doses and that number will grow to 70 million doses by the end of this month.

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