Egypt has received 150 million coronavirus vaccine doses so far: Health ministry



Fri, 01 Apr 2022 - 08:41 GMT


Fri, 01 Apr 2022 - 08:41 GMT

Egypt receives a coronavirus vaccine shipment - FILE/Health Ministry

Egypt receives a coronavirus vaccine shipment - FILE/Health Ministry

CAIRO – 1 April 2022: Egypt has so far secured a total of 150 million doses of eight different coronavirus vaccines since the start of the pandemic, Spokesman for the Ministry of Health Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said.

Egypt has imported doses of all vaccine types, including Sinovac, Sinopharm, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Sputnik V.

The country’s holding company VACSERA has also produced millions of doses of the Chinese Sinovac vaccine locally over the past year.

In March, Egypt’s Ministry of Health said that the average number of daily coronavirus infections and deaths has hit 788 and 12 respectively this week.

In a statement, the ministry said the average number of daily recoveries reached 766 people after they received the required medical care, recording a total of 430,198 recoveries since the start of the pandemic.

The number of people who are fully vaccinated against coronavirus reached 31,551,587, the ministry said, urging citizens to register their information at the ministry’s website: to receive the vaccine.

“Coronavirus vaccines contribute to protecting all family members from severe infections with coronavirus and its variants,” the ministry said, addressing citizens.

The ministry also stressed that the Egyptian state spares no effort in providing vaccines to citizens for free within the framework of the ministry’s keenness to protect the health of citizens.

Abdel Ghaffar said that the number of COVID-19 infections has decreased in Egypt.

During a phone call with "El Mehwar" channel, the spokesman said the Health Ministry is making great efforts to achieve "herd immunity" by vaccinating nearly 70% of the citizens.

He further noted that people under the age of 65 should receive a booster dose at least six months after their second dose.

Minister of Higher Education and acting Health Minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar has directed to issue weekly, instead of daily, reports on the number of COVID-19 infection cases and deaths.

Life will go back to normal after vaccinating 70 percent of the Egyptian population; 40 percent have been jabbed thus far, according to the Ministry of Health on March 7.



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