Egypt receives 1.27 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from Spain

Ahram Online , Friday 10 Dec 2021

Egypt received on Thursday 1.27 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from Spain via the COVAX initiative, the Spanish embassy in Cairo announced.


According to the Spanish embassy in Cairo, Egypt received on Thursday a shipment of 1,273,600 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

The embassy added that this shipment comes as part of a COVID-19 vaccine grant, which was announced by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez during his official visit to Egypt in early December.

Sanchez announced that Egypt would receive a total of 4.48 million doses from Spain.

Of this total, Spain delivered 204,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine on 24 November and 3.24 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on 28 November, the Spanish embassy stated.

Spain is among the top COVID-19 vaccine donor countries to Egypt, the Spanish embassy said.

Egypt has been supplied with around 98.4 million doses of different coronavirus vaccines, whether wholly made or in the form of raw materials, since the start of the pandemic according to Acting Health Minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar earlier this week.

Around 51 million doses are ready for use, and about 48 million single doses have been administered, Abdel-Ghaffar said.

Since the beginning of its vaccination campaign early this year, Egypt has imported doses of the Sinopharm, Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Egypt has also locally produced millions of doses of the Chinese Sinovac vaccine.

The Egyptian government has set a goal to vaccinate 40 million people by the end of 2021.

Thus far, Egypt has had a total of 366,534 infections and 20,919 fatalities since the outbreak in February 2020.

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