File Photo: People wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) walk in downtown Cairo, Egypt. REUTERS
Egypt reported 389 new coronavirus cases on Sunday bringing the total infection tally officially to 280,394 since the outbreak began in February 2020.
The health ministry also reported 30 new deaths, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus to 16,092.
The statement said that 657 patients have been discharged after recovering from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 210,052.
Health Minister Hala Zayed in a Cabinet meeting on Sunday said Egypt is scheduled to receive 1.9 million coronavirus vaccine doses through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) in July.
Attending the meeting, chairman of the Egyptian Drug Authority (EDA) Tamer Essam also confirmed the country will receive the contracted 20 million doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine until the end of the year.
Zayed, during the meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, said Egypt has the raw materials required to manufacture 10 million doses of China’s Sinovac.
Additional raw materials are scheduled to arrive in the country during the coming two weeks that are enough to produce 7.5 million doses, Zayed added.