FILE PHOTO: A woman wears a protective mask following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while riding a metro on a line Shubra al-Khaimah to Tahrir Square, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt March 10, 2020. REUTERS
The ministry also reported 26 new deaths in the past 24 hours nationwide, bringing the total fatalities nationwide to 21,964.
The statement added that 879 patients have been discharged from hospitals after recovering from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 327,144.
Egypt has so far received at total of 122.2 million doses of coronavirus vaccines, Acting Health Minister Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar said on Wednesday during a Cabinet meeting.
A total of 57.4 million doses have been administered, leaving 64.8 million in stock, since the start of Egypt’s mass vaccination in January 2020, Abdel-Ghaffar added.
Egypt is expected to receive its first shipments of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca coronavirus drugs later in January, Egyptian health ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar said last week.
Three national companies in Egypt have also completed manufacturing Merck’s Molnupiravir coronavirus drug used to keep COVID-19 patients out of the hospital, Abdel-Ghaffar revealed, without naming the companies.
The three drugs all obtained the authorisation of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use in December.