Egyptian prime minister receives first shot of coronavirus vaccine
Ahram Online, , Monday 26 Apr 2021
PM Madbouly was inoculated a day after the country's president, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, got his first shot under a nationwide vaccination drive

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly received on Monday the first shot of the coronavirus vaccine under a nationwide vaccination drive, the cabinet announced a day after the country's president, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, was vaccinated.

The cabinet did not provide further details on which vaccine the PM received.

Administering the Chinese Sinopharm and the British Swedish AstraZeneca vaccines, the country's vaccination campaign was launched in January to vaccinate medical staff at coronavirus isolation and triage hospitals.

In March, the government expanded the vaccination rollout to include all medical staffers, the elderly, and those with chronic diseases.

Madbouly urged citizens to hurry up with registration to receive the vaccine, especially amid the emergence of new waves of the virus, the statement added.

Those seeking inoculation can register online via a designated website ( or at the nearest site designated as a coronavirus vaccination centre.

The country is also seeking to increase the number of vaccination centres nationwide from 201 to 368, including 10 mega centres that can serve larger numbers.

According to the latest figures released by the health ministry last week, a total of 660,000 Egyptians have been vaccinated, and more than 1.5 million people have registered since March for vaccination on the designated website.

The country has received a total of 1.5 million doses of both the Chinese and British Swedish vaccines.

In Sunday's statement, the prime minister said El-Sisi has ordered arranging the necessary financial allocations to provide the required quantities of the vaccines.

Egypt is eyeing near deliveries of both used vaccines and seeking to locally manufacture two other vaccines in order to boost its supply of vaccines.

Egypt is witnessing a steady increase of coronavirus infections due to a third wave of the pandemic, with over 900 infections and 51 deaths reported over the past 24 hours.

The new wave is on the upward curve currently.

The country's total hit 222,523 infections, including 167,024 recoveries and 13,049 deaths.