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 42 new deaths related to Covid-19 complications in the past 24 hours nationwide, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus to 20,347.
The statement added that 733 patients have been discharged after recovering from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 296,167.
Egypt has secured more than 84 million doses of all coronavirus vaccines, including Sinovac, Sinopharm, AstraZeneca, Sputnik, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna.
According to the latest statements of the Egyptian health ministry, Egypt administered so far 45.2 million coronavirus doses divided between 29.6 million first dose and 15.6 million second dose.
The health ministry is accelerating its vaccination campaign in an attempt to reach its target of inoculating 40 million by the end of 2021.