Egypt Receives Over 5 Million New Doses of Sinopharm, Sinovac Vaccines

A man receives a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Cairo, Egypt March 4, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Egypt’s health ministry announced the arrival of a new shipment of some 4.4 million doses of the Chinese Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine which arrived in Cairo on Wednesday.

Egypt also received a shipment of 1 million doses of the Chinese Sinovac vaccine on Tuesday as well as 3,000 litres of the raw material required to produce 4.6 million doses of Sinovac locally, according to the ministry.

The nation has already started producing Sinovac vaccines locally at its VACSERA factory for domestic consumption as well as for export to African countries.

Health ministry spokesman Khaled Maghed disclosed on Wednesday that the raw material shipment is part of three shipments of 8,600 litres that Egypt will receive as part of the agreement signed between VACSERA and Sinovac.

Egypt is currently administrating Sinopharm, Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Sputnik and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, and is also set to receive Pfizer BioNTech vaccine doses.

According to the World Health Organization, as of 23 September, more than 15 million doses have been administered in Egypt since the country’s vaccination campaign started in January, according to the World Health Organisation.

The government is currently intensifying its efforts to reach its target of 40 million fully vaccinated people in Egypt by the end of 2021.

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