Egypt is the first African country and the fourth country in the world to receive the drug "Evusheld ", and more doses are expected to arrive in the coming weeks within the framework of the supply agreement, which includes 50,000 doses in total in 2022.
Spokesman for the Health Ministry Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said 52 patients have died from the virus over the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 23,632.
The meeting discussed opportunities to expand cooperation between “Vacsera” and “AstraZeneca” in the field of transferring technology for manufacturing various types of vaccines.
In a statement, Spokesman for the Health Ministry Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said 57 patients have died from the virus over the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 22,993.
Up to 37 million Egyptian citizen have received their first Covid-19 dose of the vaccine, while other 25 million have received the two doses all around the country according to spokesperson of the Health Ministry Hossam Abdel Ghaffar.
The shipment will be tested at the Egyptian Drug Authority laboratories before distribution to vaccination centres across the country, he further said.
The Health Ministry would examine the shipment at the laboratories.
In comments to Youm7 newspaper, the Ministry’s Spokesperson Houssam Abdel-Ghaffar said that Egypt would receive 6 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine on January 5.
The shipment, delivered at Cairo International Airport, included 1,501,110 Pfizer doses, 462,000 Moderna doses, and 352,800 AstraZeneca doses.
Cairo International Airport received on Wednesday 3,688,500 doses of the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, Acting Health Minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar said.
The Japanese government announced, Friday that it will provide Egypt with AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines via COVAX.
Manufacturing in Egypt is part of AstraZeneca's commitment to support the local healthcare system and representative of its investment in the region, he stated.
Egypt’s Health Ministry said that 933 new coronavirus cases were detected, upping the total number of confirmed cases reported in the country since the beginning of the outbreak to 331,017.
37 patients have died from the virus over the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 17,695.
“The donation of vaccines to Egypt is an expression of solidarity with an important Polish partner in North Africa,” the statement said.
The Greek Ambassador expressed his country's readiness to continue supporting Egypt’s health sector.
German Ambassador Frank Hartmann stressed that "no country can overcome this challenge alone."
The shipment was given to Egypt in two batches on Friday and Saturday, said the Egyptian Ministry of Health Spokesperson Khaled Megahed in the statement.
A total of 13.4 million doses were administered to citizens so far.
These shipments of vaccines will be provided in travel vaccination centers, the ministry added.