File Photo: A woman receives a dose of a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Cairo, Egypt taken on March 4, 2021. REUTERS
Ministry spokesperson Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar said that the European Medicine Agency recommends pregnant women be vaccinated since pregnancy has been associated with a higher risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms, particularly in the second and third trimesters.
On Tuesday, the European Medicine Agency announced that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines do not cause pregnancy complications for expectant mothers and their babies following a detailed review of several studies involving around 65,000 pregnancies at different stages.
The mRNA COVID-19 vaccines Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna are among the vaccines Egypt is using in its mass vaccination campaign against the coronavirus.
Egypt has obtained a total of 132 million doses of various coronavirus vaccines so far, of which 36.6 million first doses and 24.1 million second doses have been administered, the acting health minister said during a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
The minister also revealed that 489,700 booster doses have been used, bringing the number of total administered doses to 61.3 million.