The Arab Republic of Egypt on Saturday receives over one million doses of the Pfizer BionNTech coronavirus vaccine donated by the US government via the COVAX initiative.
Egypt’s Health Minister Hala Zayed disclosed that the country received 1,611,090 doses of Pfizer vaccine at Cairo International Airport on Saturday
According to him, as Egypt is considering vaccinating high school students with the Pfizer vaccine, this is the second of five shipments of the Pfizer vaccine totalling five million doses that Egypt is to receive from the United States
Egypt received the first shipment of 1.6 million doses in late September.
Egypt is on the shortlist of partner countries to receive US vaccines against the coronavirus, according to the US Embassy.
In late July, Zayed announced that UNICEF granted Egypt 63 special refrigerators to store doses of the Pfizer vaccine and that the units can store nearly 619,000 doses of the vaccine.
Egypt already has a stock of coronavirus vaccines from AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Sputnik, Johnson & Jonson and locally produced Sinovac.
Earlier Saturday, Hala Zayed stated in a cabinet meeting for governors that Egypt already has a stock of over 60 million vaccine doses and that number will grow to 70 million doses by the end of this month