Egypt fully vaccinated 52% of targeted people against COVID-19: Minister

Ahram Online , MENA , Sunday 27 Mar 2022

Egypt has fully vaccinated about 33 million people against coronavirus, representing 52 percent of the targeted groups, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Acting Minister of Health Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar said on Saturday.

An Egyptian medical worker administers a dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine (Covishield) on March 4, 2021 in Cairo on the first day of vaccination in Egypt (AFP)

In remarks to Al-Hekaya program on MBC Masr, Abdel-Ghaffar affirmed a decline in hospital admissions due to coronavirus in isolation and university hospitals. He said the number of coronavirus cases has declined since mid-February.

This helped the ministry to get many hospitals, which were temporarily allocated for isolating coronavirus patients, back to service, Abdel-Ghaffar said.

In a phone interview with Al-Hayah TV channel, Health Ministry Spokesman Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar noted the coronavirus vaccination rates are going well, calling on all citizens to get the full doses.

Over 1.8 million citizens had been vaccinated through a door-knocking campaign in seven governorates, the spokesman said.

Over the past week (19-25 March), the country recorded a daily average of 625 new cases and eight deaths, the ministry said in a weekly report on Saturday.

The total number of recoveries since the outbreak in February 2020 increased to 430,506 after a daily average of 766 people were discharged from hospitals nationwide over the past seven days.

Over 43 million citizens have received their first dose and over 1.9 million citizens have received their booster shots, according to the ministry's figures.

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