Egypt administered 38 mln coronavirus vaccine doses and will receive 26 mln others: Health ministry

Ahram Online , Sunday 31 Oct 2021

Egypt has received 72 million coronavirus vaccine doses since the start of its vaccination campaign, 38 million of which have already been administered to people, Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar, the higher education minister and acting health minister said.

Egypt s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly meets with Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar, higher education minister and acting health minister. Cabinet

In a meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly on Sunday night, Abdel-Ghaffar said that Egypt is expected to receive 26 million doses of the Sinovac, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

This will bring the total number of imported vaccine doses to 98 million, Abdel-Ghaffar noted.

The minister also said that the state has allocated 1,079 vaccination centres nationwide and is working on establishing more.

He added that the health ministry will soon expand its efforts to provide specialised vehicles to vaccinate citizens in crowded areas, such as malls, train and metro stations, and others.

Prime Minister Madbouly issued a decree on Friday tasking Abdel-Ghaffar to serve as the acting health minister until incumbent Minister Hala Zayed, who was admitted to the hospital after suffering a heart attack, recovers.

Earlier on Sunday, Egypt received its first shipment of the Moderna vaccine, comprising 784,280 doses, from Canada.

This comes a day after the country also received a total of 3,634,020 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine from the US; the fourth and largest shipment of the vaccine to reach the country since late September.

Abdel-Ghaffar affirmed that, with Moderna in Egypt’s inventory, the country has now secured doses from every coronavirus vaccine manufactured worldwide so far.

The government has set a goal to vaccinate 40 million citizens in the country by the end of 2021.

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