Egypt has 2nd highest vaccination rate against COVID-19 in Africa: Health minister

Ahram Online , Tuesday 29 Jun 2021

Minister Halal Zayed did not reveal the number of vaccinated people, but a presidential advisor said it hover at 5 million

Minister Halal Zayed (Photo: AL-Ahram)

Egypt has the second highest vaccination rate against COVID-19 in Africa following Morocco, the country's Health Minister Hala Zayed said on Tuesday.

The minister made the comments at a cabinet meeting, without giving further details on the number of those vaccinated of the country's 110 million plus population.

Presidential adviser Mohamed Awad Tag El-Din, however, said almost five million citizens have been vaccinated since the inoculation rollout began earlier this year.

The country has designated over 400 centers nationwide to administer the vaccine doses.

The cabinet meeting tackled the latest developments concerning the pandemic situation in the North African country, which has so far recorded a total of 280,700 infections, including 16,125 deaths and 210,482 recoveries, since the outbreak of the deadly virus.

Egypt is administering Sinopharm and AstraZeneca vaccines as millions of jabs of both of them were received over the past six months.

The Egyptian Drug Authority has approved the emergency use of five vaccines: Sinopharm, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, CoronaVac, and Covishield-AstraZeneca.

The cabinet also approved the reduction of fees for issuing vaccine certificates for travellers to EGP 100 ($6.3) for Egyptians and $10 for foreigners.

The move is aimed to ease the burden on Egyptian and non-Egyptian travellers, a cabinet statement said.

Vaccination certificates recognized from the travellers' country of origin and stamped with QR code have become a mandatory requirement for the entry to many countries now.

As for Egypt, all visitors coming from anywhere should provide a negative PCR test conducted 72 hours before departure, or a vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated 14 days before arrival, with those coming from countries hit by new variants being subjected to a 15-minute molecular test, known as ID NOW.

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