The country started its vaccination campaign in January, providing vaccine so far to thousands of medical workers, people suffering from chronic diseases and elderly.
This comes as Health Minister Hala Zayed said Egypt is expected to receive 5 million AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine doses by the end of this month and another 3 million doses by May.
The ministry has allocated 40 centers in the governorates for citizens to get the vaccine, including the Nozha medical center, Al-Qattameya medical center and Al-Zohor medical center in Cairo.
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli delivered the speech on behalf of President Sisi before a virtual meeting of the African Union (AU) Summit Bureau
The eligible citizens have to take two shots of the vaccine (21 days apart) at a cost of LE 200 (US$ 12.73) per shot.
Egypt has received 100,000 doses so far.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi surprisingly made remarks to MBC Masr’s Al-Hekaya program via telephone on Saturday night, where he discussed a number of topics, including the Ethiopian Dam talks and vaccination plans.
The vaccine will be distributed starting on Sunday from Abu Khalifa hospital allocated for quarantine in the northern governorate of Ismailia
The US-based company's vaccine was shown to have 94% efficacy against COVID-19 in final trials.
Cabinet’s spokesman Nader Saad said Egypt is negotiating with the American Pfizer and the British-Swedish AstraZeneca to obtain batches of coronavirus vaccine.
The MoU aims to continue coordination and communication between the two sides in various health fields.
Minister of Health and Population Dr Hala Zayed met on Thursday with the UAE’s G42 healthcare company CEO Peng Xiao and Chief Operating Officer Mansoor Al Mansoori to discuss supplying Cairo with other batches of the Covid-19 vaccine, Health Ministry spokesman Dr Khaled Megahed said.
Egypt will obtain 20 million vaccine doses from the Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Saad said, adding that the ministry has been directed to provide additional 10 million doses.
The minister will discuss the outcomes of the clinical researches conducted o the Chinese vaccine.
The priority in distributing the vaccine will be given to the medical staff in isolation hospitals, as well as chest and fevers hospitals, she said.
The priority will be given to the medical staff, especially those working in isolation hospitals, as well as chest and fevers hospitals.
Egypt's Health Ministry said Wednesday it reported 207 new coronavirus cases, upping the total number of confirmed cases in Egypt since the beginning of the outbreak to 108,329.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Thursday has expressed Egypt’s readiness to cooperate with Russia in jointly manufacturing and producing the Russian coronavirus vaccine, as he met with the Russian industry minister.
Health Minister Hala Zayed headed on Monday to Egypt’s Holding Company for Biological Products and Vaccines (VACSERA) to take the second shot of the candidate coronavirus vaccine developed by the Chinese company Sinopharm.
Egypt’s Minister of Health Hala Zayed on Monday participated in the clinical trial of a Chinese coronavirus vaccine, which Egypt is carrying out, along with many countries including the United Arab Emirates.