The Egyptian Minister of Health, Hala Zayd said in a statement on Sunday that the nation has received 546,400 doses of COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine from France through the COVAX facility, in cooperation with the UNICEF.
A spokesperson to the Egyptian Ministry of Health, Khaled Megahed announced that the shipment was given to Egypt in two batches on Friday and Saturday
He added that the shipment of AstraZeneca vaccine will also be distributed to the 781 vaccination centres nationwide.
Egypt would receive 3.5 million doses of the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccines this week, besides 1.6 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine this Friday announced the Ministry in a statement on Sunday. These shipments will be provided in travel vaccination centers, the ministry added.
According to Megahed, the total number of people who have registered for COVID-19 vaccines so far has reached 14.9 million citizens and about 13.4 million doses were administered to citizens so far.
The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population on Friday also received a shipment of 20 refrigerators to store Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines, said the World Health Organization (WHO) Egypt in a statement.
The statement added that the shipment was delivered by UNICEF through the COVAX facility, noting that the delivered refrigerators are the first shipment out of a total of 63 refrigerators that the ministry will receive in the coming period.
In a statement on Saturday, Megahed said 17,345 people registered for getting the vaccination during the campaign in Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, Fayyoum, Dakahlia, and Qaliobiya.
The campaign contributed to raising awareness of 18,000 people about the importance of the vaccination for protection from the coronavirus.
Egypt on Saturday recorded 637 coronavirus infections, and 16 deaths as well as 711 recoveries at isolation hospitals.
As such, the total figures became 296,276 infections, 16,951 deaths, and 249,793 recoveries.
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