Medical crews at 15 Egyptian isolation hospitals received Sinopharma COVID-19 vaccine: Health Ministry

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Wed, 27 Jan 2021 - 01:53 GMT

COVID-19 Vaccine - FILE

COVID-19 Vaccine - FILE

CAIRO – 27 January 2021: Medical crews at 15 isolation hospitals across a number of governorates were injected with the Chinese vaccination, said the Ministry of Health.

This comes as part of national vaccination campaign that kicked off Sunday at Abu Khalifa Hospital in Ismailia.

The ministry explained that this campaign comes within the framework of the state’s keenness on maintaining medical workers healthy and safe.

Doses of the vaccination manufactured by the Chinese company Sinopharma were sent Monday to health directorates in all governorates, where they were distributed among isolation, chest and fever hospitals.

Medical workers are among the categories defined by the state with high priority to receive the vaccination, given they are at the frontier lines to combat the spread of the virus.

During the cabinet meeting Wednesday, Minister of Health Hala Zayed stated that COVID-19 vaccines will be available for booking by the public through electronic registration systems to ensure good governance of the process.

This comes in line with the WHO’s recommendations, which require setting a priority to public categories who will receive the vaccination first given the limited initial quantities available.

The categories of the first recipients of the vaccine include: medical workers, elderly and critical cases.

She explained that the vaccination is expected to reduce the number of deaths caused by Coronavirus, as well as reduce the symptoms of the virus, prevent infection and limit the virus spread.

Regarding Egypt’s stance on receiving vaccines, Minister Zayed explained a contract was signed with AstraZeneca company for the Russian company’s factory and the Serum Institute of India, and it is expected to receive 50,000 doses from the company in February.

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