Egypt's Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed has affirmed that coronavirus-related deaths rate declined during the fourth wave.
The health ministry reported Wednesday 692 new COVID-19 cases, raising Egypt’s total infections to 298,988 since the outbreak began in early 2020.
Egypt registered 27 fatalities, which increased the total number of deaths from complications caused by the disease to 17,043.
The country’s total number of recoveries reached 251,902, according to a statement by the Ministry of Health.
During a joint press conference held Thursday with German Ambassador to Egypt Frank Hartmann at Princess Fatma Academy for Vocational Medical Education in Abbasiya, Cairo, Zayed lauded cooperation between the two countries’ governments to confront the coronavirus outbreak.
Zayed said that negotiations are underway with Germany to acquire the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
"We have already received raw materials for manufacturing 15 million doses and we're currently receiving those for another 15 million doses," said Zayed.
"We currently provide our vaccination centers with 2 million doses per week of the VACSERA-Sinovac vaccine," said Zayed, noting that Egypt will have produced 80 million doses of the jab by the end of December.
Zayed said coronavirus vaccines are available in 850 vaccination centers across Egypt, including three large ones that can accommodate 60,000 people per day.
Zayed also thanked the United Kingdom for supporting Egypt by sending 300,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the past two weeks.