Egypt not among list of 65 countries to which US donated more than 110 mln vaccines

Ahram Online , Wednesday 4 Aug 2021

According to Tuesday’s fact sheet, the US has delivered 111,701,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines to 65 countries worldwide, including Tunisia, Jordan, Morocco, Sudan, Canada, and Brazil

Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine ( Reuters)
Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine ( Reuters)

The White House announced on Tuesday that the US “has now donated and shipped more than 110 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccines to more than 60 countries — a major milestone that cements the United States as the global leader in COVID-19 vaccine donations.”

Egypt was not on the list of countries that received the jabs that was released today, though a statment from the US embassy in Cairo said in June that Egypt was on the short list of partner countries to receive US vaccines against the coronavirus.

In a statement, the White House said that President Joe Biden committed in June to donating at least 80 million vaccines from the US’ supply to countries throughout the world, promising to continue to distribute the vaccines based on the country’s ability to do so.

“Today’s announcement is a fulfilment of his promise,” the statement said.

“Of the first 25 million, 19 million will go to COVAX, and 6 million will be targeted to a short list of regional priorities and partner recipients — including Egypt,” said the embassy in a short statement at the time.

According to Tuesday’s fact sheet, the US has delivered 111,701,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines to 65 countries worldwide, including Tunisia, Jordan, Morocco, Sudan, Canada, and Brazil.

The US administration looks at a variety of factors to prioritise which countries receive the shots first, including COVID-19 case rates, death rates, hospitalisations, current vaccination rates, responses to surges, and a country’s ability to receive vaccines and put shots into arms, the White House statement noted.

“Our goals are to increase global COVID-19 vaccination coverage, prepare for surges, and prioritise healthcare workers and other vulnerable populations based on public health data and acknowledged best practice, and help our neighbours and other countries in need. Importantly, the United States has not and will not use its vaccines to secure favours from other countries. Our aim is to save lives,” the White House said.

The statement insisted that the more than 110 million doses are “just the beginning” of the administration’s efforts to provide vaccines to the world.

Starting late August, the US administration will begin shipping half a billion Pfizer doses that the United States has pledged to purchase and donate to 100 low-income countries in need, the White House noted without mentioning who is next in line to receive the shots.

Egypt started its vaccination campaign in January; and as of 1 August — according to the World Health Organisation — a total of 5,570,554 vaccine doses have been administered among the 102-million-strong population.

The country has so far registered 284,415 cases since the outbreak began in February 2020, including 16,540 deaths and 232,060 recoveries.

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