Egypt to receive 1.6 million COVID vaccine doses from Spain

Ahram Online , Wednesday 5 Jan 2022

Egypt will receive some 1.6 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from Spain via the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) initiative, the Spanish embassy in Cairo announced on Wednesday.


The shipment is part of a coronavirus vaccine grant to Egypt that was announced by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez during his visit to Cairo in early December, the embassy said.

With the arrival of this batch of vaccines, Madrid will have delivered more than 6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Egypt.

Of this total, Egypt received a shipment of over 1.27 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in December, and another 204,000 doses of the same vaccine in November, the Spanish embassy said.

The embassy added that Egypt is the world’s largest recipient of COVID-19 vaccines donated by Spain, which reflects the good relations between the two countries.

Egypt’s acting Health Minister Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar said on Wednesday during the weekly cabinet meeting that Egypt has so far received 122.2 million doses, whether as fully manufactured vaccines of different types or as raw materials used to produce vaccines locally.

Abdel-Ghaffar added that 57.4 million doses have been used as first and second jabs, and that the remaining doses number 64.8 million.

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