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Egypt to Receive AstraZeneca, J&J COVID Vaccines Next Week

Egypt to Receive AstraZeneca, J&J COVID Vaccines Next Week

Thursday, 5 August, 2021 - 05:00
A healthcare worker holds a syringe and vaccine vial against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Cairo, Egypt March 4, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/File Photo

Egypt said Wednesday it expects to receive a new shipment of AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines by next week.


The Health and Population Ministry said that the new jabs are part of its plan to expand the distribution of vaccines across the country.


“The Ministry completed all needed procedures as a final step to receive the shipment of two Covid-19 vaccines next week,” Health Minister Hala Zayed announced Wednesday.


Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed said the AstraZeneca vaccines will be shipped via the COVAX facility, the WHO, and UNICEF, while the Johnson & Johnson shipment will be delivered as aid from the African Union.


Megahed also said that 126 centers have been allocated to vaccinate people planning to travel.


Egypt registered 53 new Covid-19 cases during the last 24 hours, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 284,415. Also, five patients have died from the virus, raising the death toll to 16,540.


According to the Ministry, 801 patients were discharged from hospitals after receiving medical care, taking the number of recoveries up to 232,060.


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