Covid’s new strain likely to exist in Egypt: Ministry of Health official

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Mon, 21 Dec 2020 - 09:50 GMT

 

CAIRO – 21 December 2020: Covid’s new strain, which has been announced to be found in Britain is likely to exist in Egypt according to Mohamed al Nady, member of the scientific committee to confront Coronavirus at the Ministry of Health.

He added in statements to ON privet channel, Sunday that the new stain which spreads faster than the original virus ‘might be found in Egypt if we conducted genetic studies’; but according to our observations and the recent rapid spreading for the virus ‘we believe that it exists already’.

He noted that ministry announced earlier that the virus has become more virulent in the spread, but not in the level of severity.

Egypt’s head of the scientific committee to combat coronavirus affiliated with the Ministry of Health, Hussam Hosni, said Monday that they will start vaccinating doctors and medical workers starting next week.

He stressed that the Ministry will only provide safe and effective vaccines for citizens.

Hosni affirmed that the Chinese coronavirus vaccine produced by the Chinese company Sinopharm will be approved in Egypt on a scientific basis after the completion of the medical studies.

The second batch of Sinopharm vaccine arrived in Egypt on Tuesday, December 15. The batch included 50,000 doses, bringing the balance of the Ministry of Health to 100,000 doses sufficient for 50,000 people.

Official sources at the Ministry of Health and Population told Egypt Today that a vaccination plan is being developed to include the first groups of vaccinations, adding that work is underway to establish a website to register those who wish to receive the vaccine.

The sources added, "We aim to provide 10 million doses of the Chinese vaccine, as Egypt will be receiving more doses during the current month in a row."

"It is not possible to use any vaccine except after making sure of its effectiveness and safety for humans," the source stressed, noting that the new Corona vaccine that Egypt received is safe and it is the same vaccine that more than 3,000 volunteers have recently received with no health complications reported.

According to the source, 86 percent of those who were exposed to the coronavirus after receiving the vaccine did not get sick, and 14 percent showed only slight symptoms. Some 99% of those who received the vaccine produced antibodies.

The Sinopharm vaccine has been tested in more than six countries, including Egypt, on 45,000 volunteers, after verifying its effectiveness and safety, and obtaining emergency approval as approved by the World Health Organization.

The Ministry of Health confirmed earlier that the 45,000 volunteers who underwent scientific experiments for the vaccine did not prove any unexpected complications in any case. Sinopharma vaccine, like any other vaccine, causes a high temperature for two days, about half a degree, and no complications have occurred because of it so far.

The Minister of Health Hala Zayed also indicated that the state possesses medical refrigerators capable of saving 110 million doses of the vaccine, saying: “We have launched medical campaigns nationwide; many citizens have been treated, furthermore, the initiative of Health for 100 million has produced a health database for Egyptians."

 

 

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