Egypt on Sunday received 3.89 million doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, acting Health Minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar said.
Abdel Ghaffar said the shipment, which was delivered through the COVAX initiative and in cooperation with the Vaccine Alliance (GAVI), arrived at Cairo International Airport on Saturday evening.
He said the vaccine is approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization and is administered as two doses, 21 days apart.
The shipment will be tested at the authority’s labs before being distributed to vaccination centers across the country.
Egypt had started its vaccination campaign in January.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry announced that 931 new coronavirus cases were recorded in the past 24 hours, upping the total in the country to 355,767.
It said 68 people have died from virus-related complications, raising the death toll to 20,305.
Abdel Ghaffar said Egypt managed in a short time to provide all coronavirus vaccines, including Sputnik, Sinopharm, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson to the population.
The Health Ministry again urged citizens to register online to receive the vaccine.