The Egyptian government assured people over the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines, denying that they had any “unexpected” side effects.
On Wednesday, the Health Ministry reported 644 more cases and 52 deaths. The country has confirmed 180,051 infections, 139,072 recoveries and 10,495 fatalities.
Mahmoud Yassin, head of the Egyptian Drug Authority’s (EDA) Central Administration for Biological and Innovative Products, said Thursday that the distribution of the vaccines is taking place under the supervision of health institutions.
“There are no unpredictable side effects caused by vaccines currently used in Egypt,” he said, adding that the EDA has already approved the emergency use of four vaccines, including Russia's Sputnik V, China's Sinopharm and Oxford-AstraZeneca.
Yassin said the Authority is currently working on testing the efficiency and safety of more vaccines.
Health Ministry spokesman Nader Saad said in a televised remarks on Wednesday that the health situation is reassuring, noting that no spike in infections has been recently reported.
Hospitals are no longer being overwhelmed with cases and occupancy at intensive care units has dropped to 48 percent, he noted.
Egypt had launched its vaccination campaign on Jan. 24.
On Tuesday, Egypt received 300,000 doses of a coronavirus vaccine developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm). It had received its first 50,000-dose shipment from China in December.
Egypt also got 50,000 doses of a vaccine developed by AstraZeneca earlier in February.