Workers unload the cargo of Covid-19 Vaccine in Cairo airport, Egypt on Thursday 30 December, 2021. Photo courtesy of Egyptian health ministry Facebook page.
The shipment will be tested at the Egyptian Drug Authority laboratories before distribution to vaccination centres across the country, acting Health Minister Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar said in a statement.
Egypt has so far imported over 119 million COVID-19 vaccines, Abdel-Ghaffar said in a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, noting that around 64.3 million doses are still available.
Egypt has administered a little over 21 million second coronavirus vaccine shots, since the country started its vaccination campaign early this year, Abdel-Ghaffar said during the meeting.
This means that Egypt has fully vaccinated slightly over 20 percent of its 102.8 million population, falling short of the World Health Organisation’s global target for countries to fully vaccinate 40 percent of their populations by the end of 2021.