The Egypt Health Ministry said it will receive a new batch of the Chinese Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine doses on April 27.
Health Minister Hala Zayed said two agreements have been signed to manufacture the Chinese vaccine through state-firm Vacsera, adding that a delegation from China will soon arrive to ensure the readiness of the production firm.
Cairo will produce up to 40 million doses per year to meet the country’s needs at the local level and export to Africa, Zayed explained. She highlighted the government’s keenness to provide the vaccine for all Egyptians.
Zayed noted that Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine has obtained approval from the Egyptian Drug Authority to be currently provided.
Sputnik V vaccine will be locally manufactured at the rate of 100 million doses per year through Vacsera’s two production lines, the Health Minister said, noting that the private sector will be allowed to manufacture.
She pointed out that the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines amount to 90 percent, adding that one to 10 people per million are expected to suffer the risk of blot clots.
Zayed said the third wave of coronavirus sees a 10 percent increase in the rate of infections and seven percent in the rate of deaths compared to the first and second waves.
Fifty percent of Egypt’s hospitals have been transferred into coronavirus treatment centers, Zayed noted, adding that there is a 47 percent clinical capacity.
According to a health ministry statement, 884 new COVID-19 cases and 45 deaths were reported on Friday, compared to 872 infections and 48 deaths on Thursday.
The infection tally in the country has amounted to 220,658 cases so far, including 166,024 recoveries and 12,959 deaths.
It issued a statement warning people from attending crowded places to curb the spread of the virus, urging them to wear masks and maintain social distancing.