Egypt's Health Minister Hala Zayed has thanked Slovenia for donating to Egypt 250,000 doses of Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through COVAX, the health ministry said.
Zayed met Slovenia’s ambassador in Cairo Mateja Prevolšek at the health ministry on Tuesday, and they discussed ways to boost medical and health cooperation between Egypt and Slovenia, the ministry said in a statement.
Slovenia announced that it would donate 250,000 doses of AstraZeneca to Egypt along with 500,000 euros to the global COVAX initiative.
The Slovenian government said the donation to Egypt is part of tripartite agreement between Slovenia, Egypt and AstraZeneca.
Slovenian News website reported the decision was in the best interest of Slovenia because it was better to have as many people vaccinated as possible outside the country to reach higher collective immunity, especially in countries where Slovenians travel to a lot as tourists or on business, such as Egypt.
According to statements by health officials, more than 3 million people have been vaccinated in Egypt.