On Saturday, Egypt reported 127 new COVID-19 (Coronavirus) cases bringing the total infection tally officially to 282,864 since the outbreak began in February 2020, according to the Health Ministry in its daily coronavirus statement.
The health ministry also reported 17 new deaths, bringing the total number of virus-related fatalities to 16,368.
The statement added that 342 patients have been discharged after recovering from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 217,324.
Egypt plans to vaccinate 40 million citizens by the end of the year, representing around 40 % of the population.
The ministry reported in mid-May that it has vaccinated 1.3 million people since its campaign began on January 24, and over five million have registered on the ministry’s website for the jab.
Egypt is currently using China’s Sinopharm vaccine and the UK’s AstraOxford vaccine, and it has plans to soon begin locally manufacturing China’s Sinovac vaccine and Russia’s Sputnik-V.