Egypt s acting Health Minister and Higher Education Minister Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar with the General Manager of Sinovac Life Sciences Co. Gao Qiang cooperation during their meeting on Tuesday 28 December, 2021. Photo courtesy of Egyptian health ministry Facebook page.
According to the Health Ministry, Abdel-Ghaffar and Qiang discussed cooperation between Egypt's VACSERA and Sinovac to produce vaccines at VACSERA factory in the 6th of October city .
The Egyptian health minister discussed the expansion in cooperation in the framework of turning Egypt into a main vaccine production hub in Africa.
Since Summer Egypt has already started producing Sinovac vaccine locally at its VACSERA factory for domestic consumption as well as for export to African countries.
Sinovac is already among the vaccines Egypt uses in its public coronavirus vaccination campaign.
During the meeting , Qiang briefed Abdel-Ghaffar on Sinvoac's plan to develop a vaccine to face the new Covid-19 variants especially Omicron as well as the plan of the company to establish fully-automatic system vaccine-storing facilities at VACSERA factory complex with a storage capacity of 150 million doses of vaccines.
The two sides also tackled the timeline for transferring the technology of manufacturing Sinovac vaccines to VACSERA in 2022.