Egypt's Health Minister Hala Zayed speaks during a news conference announcing the details of a vaccination campaign against the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Cairo, Egypt December 23, 2020. REUTERS
CAIRO - 7 April 2020: Minister of Health Hala Zayed said that some 928,000 Egyptians have so far signed up for the vaccine, noting in this regard that 40 vaccination centers have been inaugurated nationwide.
Egypt has been provided with 1,586,800 shots of the COVID-19 vaccine as of December 2020 through March 31 via Sinopharm and AstraZeneca companies, she said.
Zayed reviewed during a cabinet meeting on Tuesday her ministry’s efforts to confront the coronavirus over the past stage as well as to provide jabs to vaccinate citizens.
During the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli, the health minister highlighted the World Health Organization (WHO)’s announcement that despite the start of anti-coronavirus vaccination procedures, precautionary measures have to be followed during festivals, religious gatherings, and holidays.
Such measures include confining to the celebration with family members who already live together, reducing family gatherings, resorting to open-air gatherings, abiding by physical distancing, washing hands, and wearing face masks, Zayed said.
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi played a prominent role in combating infection, allocating LE 100 billion to support the health sector and provide all means of prevention and safety from infection transmission.
More than 100 million doses have been agreed upon to secure Egyptians from the risks of infection, and at the same time, more than 40 hospitals have been designated for isolation, with the provision of medicines to treat symptoms of Corona and the provision of various medical services for those with chronic diseases.
The third wave of Coronavirus has started in Egypt, with authorities stressing the importance of adherence to precautionary measures to protect ourselves from the spread of the virus.