Egypt seeks to vaccinate children with Pfizer



Mon, 08 Nov 2021 - 10:36 GMT


Mon, 08 Nov 2021 - 10:36 GMT

Vaccine - REUTERS

Vaccine - REUTERS

CAIRO - 8 February 2021: Presidential advisor for health affairs Mohamed Awad Tag el Din said that health authorities are still probing the file of vaccinating children with Pfizer vaccine especially that it is the only vaccine approved for children.

In statements to Sky News channel, Tag el Din said that Egypt is studying this file and when it is done a date will be set for vaccinating the children.

Egypt is currently in the 4th wave of coronavirus, he said, adding that the country had not exceeded the peak of the current wave yet.

The Egyptian government said that this step comes after providing 8 million doses of the vaccine, as it obtained international approval from the scientific authorities concerned with its safety for those under the age of 18.

Egypt received its second shipment of the American-made Moderna vaccine, comprising more than 3.5 million doses on Friday.

The doses, delivered less than a week from the first Moderna shipment, arrived at the Cairo International Airport through the COVAX initiative and in cooperation with the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi).

“This comes as per the state’s plan to diversify and expand the provision of coronavirus vaccines to preserve the country’s gains regarding facing the pandemic,” a statement by the Health Ministry read.

The Moderna vaccine, approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization, is administered as two doses, 21 days apart.



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