Egypt to receive 2 million Pfizer vaccine doses this week: Ministry

Ahram Online , Sunday 11 Jul 2021

These doses will be allocated for travel purposes only, the health ministry said

FILE PHOTO: Vials with a sticker reading, "COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only" and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS

Egypt will receive 2 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine by the end of the week, as well as Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses, health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said late on Sunday.

These doses will be allocated for travel purposes only.

The country will also receive 250,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses this week, Megahed said.

In two weeks, Egypt will also receive raw materials required to locally produce 7.6 million doses of the Chinese Sinovac, the spokesman said.

Megahed noted that Egypt already has a quantity of raw materials required to produce 10 million Sinovac doses.

Egypt has witnessed a significant decline in coronavirus infection cases over the past month.

The country has imported millions of vaccine doses as part of its vaccination campaign that started early this year and has locally produced 1 million Sinovac doses.

So far, the country has reported 282,985 coronavirus cases and 16,383 deaths.

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