Egypt to receive 854,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses via COVAX starting Wednesday

Ahram Online , Tuesday 30 Mar 2021

The health minister discusses the current situation of all vaccines Egypt received so far

One of the Egyptian medical staff receiving one shot of the two-dose Chinese Sinopharm vaccine

Egypt’s Health Minister Hala Zayed announced on Tuesday that Egypt would receive a new batch of 854,000 coronavirus vaccine doses through the COVAX vaccine-sharing programme starting Wednesday.

The health minister discussed the current situation of all the vaccines Egypt had received so far at the meeting of the Cabinet’s Coronavirus Crisis Ministerial Committee in Cairo.

In the past few weeks, Egypt received 600,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine as a gift from China.

The ministry also discussed buying new shipments from Sinopharm.

It also received a 50,000 dose batch shipped by AstraZeneca in January.

Zayed also revealed, in the meeting, that the ministry noticed there were new symptoms recorded for coronavirus in Egypt including severe inflammation of the eye membrane, skin rash, extreme tiredness, headaches and hearing problems.

Egypt has officially recorded 200,739 cases of coronavirus including 153,630 recoveries and 11,914 fatalities.

According to health officials above them Health Minister Hala Zayed, the numbers of coronavirus patients in Egypt are more than what has been recorded. 

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