Egypt’s Health Minister Hala Zayed said Wednesday the government was preparing Cairo's International Exhibition Centre to host citizens seeking to be vaccinated against Covid-19, as part of the state's efforts to accelerate the process of administering the doses.
In the cabinet’s weekly meeting via video conference, Zayed said 75 clinics are being prepared at the venue, which can accommodate 10,000 people daily, and features a large waiting area to ensure social distancing.
The minister added that 193 vaccination centres have been opened nationwide, and announced that work at the centres has been extended till 10 pm during the fasting month of Ramadan.
She stressed that the vaccine has no side effects for those who fast in Ramadan.
Egypt has officially recorded so far 212,130 coronavirus cases, including 160,431 recoveries and 12,526 fatalities.
Earlier this month, the health minister said that a total of 148,987 Egyptians were vaccinated against coronavirus since the launch of the campaign.
The campaign relies on the Chinese Sinopharm and the British-Swedish Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines, both of which were authorized for emergency use earlier this year.
Egypt has so far received over 1.5 million doses of coronavirus vaccines.