Egypt receives 500 thousand doses of Sinopharma vaccine within hours

Dr. Hala Zayed, Minister of Health and Population, announced the reception of one million and 768 thousand and 800 doses of the emerging corona virus vaccine produced by the “AstraZeneca” company, at Cairo International Airport, this Thursday morning, as the second batch in the “Kovacs” agreement in cooperation with the International Alliance for Serums and Vaccines ( GAVI), the World Health Organization, and “UNICEF”, among the 40 million doses that will be received in succession.

The Egyptian Minister of Health and Population thanked the World Health Organization and UNICEF for their permanent support to Egypt in its plan to address the emerging corona virus pandemic, and to continue this support with the arrival of the second shipment of new Corona virus vaccines to Egypt within the “Kovacs” agreement, stressing the importance of cooperation with international organizations. Partner in fighting the emerging corona virus.

Dr. Khaled Mujahid, Assistant Minister of Health and Population for Information and Awareness and the official spokesperson for the ministry, stated that Egypt had received the first shipment of the AstraZenka vaccine within the “Kovacs” agreement last April, with a total of 854 thousand and 400 doses, pointing out that with the increase in the doses of vaccines received by Egypt will be Enabling access to the vaccine for a greater number of citizens of all age groups.

Mujahid indicated that 500 thousand doses of the Coronavirus vaccine produced by the Chinese company “Sinopharma” have also arrived during the next few hours of this morning, Thursday.

He added that Egypt will receive 1,400 liters of raw materials during the current month to manufacture the Chinese “Sinovac” vaccine within the agreement signed between the Holding Company for Biological Preparations and Vaccines, “Vacsera” and the Chinese company, “Sinovac”, sufficient to manufacture two and a quarter of the vaccines, pointing out that it is expected that The manufacture of 40 million doses of the Sinovac vaccine will be completed by the end of this year, adding that Egypt is one of the first countries in the African continent to start manufacturing Corona virus vaccines.

For his part, Dr. Mohamed Hassani, Assistant Minister of Health and Population for Public Health Initiatives, explained that the “AstraZeneca” vaccine has obtained emergency use approval from the World Health Organization and the Egyptian Drug Authority, as it has proven 76% effective in preventing the Coronavirus, and 100% protecting from Access to moderate and severe cases.

Hassani added that this shipment will be subjected to analysis in the Egyptian Drug Authority laboratories before completing the vaccination of medical staff and eligible groups of citizens with chronic diseases and the elderly, pointing out that the recipient of the “AstraZeneca” vaccine will receive the second dose after 12 weeks (3 months) of receipt. The first dose.

Hassani pointed to the continuation of the work of the vaccination centers during the days of Eid Al-Fitr, whose number exceeded 400 centers at the level of the governorates of the Republic, calling on citizens to register through the ministry’s website (http://www.egcovac.mohp.gov.eg/) to register categories Due from citizens to obtain Coronavirus vaccines, as part of the state’s plan to address the Coronavirus pandemic, in the context of concern for the public health of citizens.

“Hassani” stressed that the Egyptian state has spared no effort in providing vaccines to citizens, by concluding agreements and direct contracts with manufacturers of vaccines for the new Corona virus, stressing the importance of cooperation with partner international organizations in addressing the emerging corona virus pandemic and completing the vaccination of the rest of the citizens to gain immunity. Societal protect people from the danger of the virus.

“Hassani” indicated that the total new Corona virus vaccines received by Egypt during the last period amounted to 5 million doses, including 2 million and 500 doses of the emerging corona virus vaccine from the “AstraZeneca” company, pointing to the demand of medical staff and citizens to register to receive the Corona vaccine during In the past weeks, as the number of citizens who registered on the website of the Ministry of Health to receive the emerging corona virus vaccine reached 2 million and 700 thousand citizens.

For her part, Dr. Naima Al-Qusayr, the representative of the World Health Organization in Egypt, valued the efforts made by the Ministry of Health and Population to expand vaccination centers throughout the Republic to facilitate the process of receiving the vaccine for citizens, stressing the importance of a fair global distribution of vaccines in countries of the world and vaccinating priority groups of teams Medical professionals, people with chronic diseases and the elderly, noting that the World Health Organization gives approval for the emergency use of vaccines based on their safety and effectiveness.

Jeremy Hopkins, representative of UNICEF in Egypt, stressed the importance of accelerating the pace of equitable access to vaccines in the countries of the world, as the arrival of this second batch of vaccines to Egypt through the “Kovacs” agreement will contribute to protecting more citizens and enabling Egypt to have an effective role. In the community-level recovery phase, he affirmed continuing to support the efforts of the Ministry of Health and Population to address the Coronavirus pandemic.
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