On Sunday, Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and acting Minister of Health, announced that Egypt had received more than two million and 158 thousand and 650 doses of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.
In press statements, the minister added that the shipment is the latest in a global campaign of donations from the United States. More than 400 million shots have already been dispatched from a target of 1.1 billion.
He said that 2,999,880 Pfizer doses were heading to Nigeria and 2,158,650 doses to Egypt. The shipments, which left Thursday and were due to arrive by Monday, went through Covax, the global distribution initiative co-led with public-private partnership Gavi.
The United States and other countries producing vaccines against the pandemic have been criticized for not doing enough to blunt the virus’ global spread, while trying to get their own populations fully vaccinated and boosted.
However, the official said President Joe Biden’s “administration understands that putting an end to this pandemic requires eliminating it around the world.”
Washington is “leading the world in a global vaccine strategy because it’s the right thing to do. It’s the right thing morally, the right thing from a global public health perspective, and right for our collective security and well-being.”
According to Johns Hopkins University, just under 29 percent of Egypt’s population has been fully vaccinated. The coronavirus has killed an estimated 23,519 people there.
The White House official said that for the Pfizer donations, “scientific teams and legal and regulatory authorities from both countries have worked together to ensure the prompt delivery of safe and effective vaccine lots to Egypt and Nigeria.”