Palestinian Authority receives 500,000 doses of Egypt-made Sinovac vaccine as Egyptian-Chinese gift

Ahram Online , Sunday 20 Feb 2022

The Palestinian Authority received on Sunday an Egyptian-Chinese gift of 500,000 doses from the Egyptian-made Sinovac/VACSERA COVID-19 vaccine for the Gaza Strip, a statement by the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population said.

Egypt s Acting Minister of Health and Population Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar
Egypt s Acting Minister of Health and Population Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar during the press conference held on Sunday at VACSERA s headquarters in the presence of Chinese Ambassador to Cairo Liao Liqiang, and Palestinian Consul Nidaa Al-Barghouthy (photo courtesy of Health Ministry)

In a ceremony held on Sunday at the headquarters of the Holding Company for Biological Products and Vaccines S.A.E (VACSERA) in Dokki, Palestinian Consul Nidaa Al-Barghouthy received the gift on behalf of the Palestinian side in the presence of Egypt’s Acting Minister of Health and Population Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar and Chinese Ambassador to Cairo Liao Liqiang,

Al-Barghouthy expressed her gratitude to the Egyptian and the Chinese authorities for helping the Palestinian people, praising the two countries’ cooperation in the health sector to produce the vaccine.

She also applauded VACSERA’s progress and expediency in producing the WHO-approved Sinovac vaccine.

Egypt has been locally producing the Sinovac/VACSERA COVID-19 vaccine since June 2021 at VACSERA’s factories upon an agreement signed in April of the same year with China’s Sinovac biopharmaceutical company.

According to the agreement, Sinovac provides VACSERA with the technical assistance to manufacture the vaccine and the necessary training for VACSERA employees.

The vaccine was granted an emergency use license by the Egyptian Drug Authority (EDA) in August 2021.

The local production of vaccines in Egypt comes as a part of the country’s plan to become a hub for producing and exporting vaccines in the region.

Yesterday, Abdel-Ghaffar met with the Chinese ambassador to Egypt to discuss ways to bolster cooperation between the two sides in the health sector.

Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar, the official spokesperson for the health ministry, indicated that the minister discussed with Liqiang the Chinese government’s plan to send 60 million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine to support the Egyptian government in its vaccination campaign, according to a statement on Saturday.

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