Egypt to receive COVID-19 vaccine shipments later this month: Health minister

MENA , Ahram Online , Wednesday 11 Aug 2021

Egypt's Health Minister Halal Zayed

Minister of Health Hala Zayed said on Wednesday that shipments of AstraZeneca, Sinovac, and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines will arrive in Egypt in late August.

During the weekly cabinet meeting on Wednesday, the minister briefed the cabinet on the latest development concerning the coronavirus in Egypt and the efforts to import AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Sputnik vaccines.

On Sunday, Egypt received a shipment of 261,600 Johnson & Johnson doses as part of a deal between the African Union’s African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) and J&J last March, which was funded by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank).

On Monday, Egypt received a shipment of 525,000 AstraZeneca doses provided by Romania as part of a tripartite agreement between the two countries and AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical Company.

On oxygen cannisters, the minister said that 29 countries are in need of oxygen due to the rise in COVID-19 infections, pointing out that World Health Organization managed during the past period to provide 117 countries with oxygen equipment.

Minister Zayed affirmed that Egypt has managed during the past period to provide a stock of oxygen cannisters.

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