Russian government ordering Covid-19 vaccine- CC via Flickr/ Marco Verch Professional Photographer
CAIRO - 25 September 2021: The Egyptian Drug Authority (EDA) has approved the Russian single-component Sputnik Light vaccine against coronavirus (COVID-19), announced the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) in a statement on Friday.
“Immunization with Sputnik Light in Egypt will help to speed up the vaccination of the population and create herd immunity in a shorter time frame in the most populated country of the Middle East with over 100 mn people,” the statement read.
The RDIF added that the Russian two-dose Sputnik V vaccine was also approved in Egypt in February 2021.
In August 2021, Cairo received 175,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine as part of the country’s vaccination campaign.
In April, the Egyptian Holding Company for Biological Products and Vaccines (VACSERA) announce manufacturing both of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine along with China’s Sinovac.
The Health and Population Ministry said Friday night that 568 new coronavirus cases were detected, upping the total number of confirmed cases since the outbreak in the country to 300,278.
In a statement, Spokesman for the Health Ministry Khaled Megahed said 36 patients have died from the virus over the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 17,110.
As many as 800 patients were discharged from hospitals after receiving medical care, taking the total number to 253,271 so far, the spokesman added.
Zayed said the country has received a total of 33.657 million doses of AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Sinopharm, Sputnik V and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
Egypt also plans to release 1.926 million doses of the locally-made Sinovac vaccine between 18 to 24 September, the minister said in a Cabinet meeting.