Egypt received 667,100 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine at Cairo International Airport, authorities revealed on Friday.
The Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Acting Minister of Health and Population, Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, announced that the shipment is provided by Belgium and Germany through the “COfax” mechanism in cooperation with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI).
The minister urged all the citizens to get vaccinated as soon as possible in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Dr. Hossam Abdel Ghaffar, the official spokesman for the Health Ministry, pointed out that the shipment will be subject to analyzes in the laboratories of the Egyptian Drug Authority (EDA) before distributing it to vaccination centers nationwide.
Last week, Egypt received three million doses of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine at Cairo International Airport from the United States.
In his recent remarks at the World Youth Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh, Ambassador Jonathan R. Cohen said: “Our two governments have been working together since the beginning of the pandemic to limit the spread of the virus.”
The Ministry of Health and Population called on citizens to register on the ministry’s website https://egcovac.mohp.gov.eg/#/registration to receive the vaccine, stressing that the state spares no effort in providing vaccines to citizens for free, through permanent cooperation with international organizations and bodies.