Egypt is preparing to produce a Chinese COVID-19 vaccine once verification is complete, assistant Health Minister Noha Assem announced Saturday.
During a phone-in with the “al-Hadath al-Youm” channel, Assem said that there are four vaccine technologies, with priority arranged based on a variety of factors.
She explained that these doses are sufficient for about 20 percent of the Egyptian populace, assuring the vaccination will be prioritized for the most vulnerable groups such as the elderly, people with chronic diseases and medical teams.
The Cabinet announced on Wednesday that it has mandated Zayed and Maait to take every step possible to provide coronavirus vaccines, including contracting with the Vaccine Alliance Gavi for around 20 million doses.
Egypt’s Health Ministry on Sunday confirmed 431 new coronavirus cases, bringing the country’s total number up to 118,014, Ministry spokesperson Khaled Megahed announced.
The ministry announced 18 more deaths, raising the country’s COVID-19 death-toll to 6,750.
And 106 patients were discharged from quarantine at isolation hospitals, bringing Egypt’s fully-recovered cases up to 103,324.
The Health Ministry announced in July that it has began preparing to manufacture a coronavirus vaccine once proven to be effective in trials, in cooperation with the Chinese government.
Egypt’s government imposed in March strict precautionary measures to limit the outbreak of coronavirus, which included setting curfews, banning large gatherings, and closing restaurants, theaters, and cinemas.
The measures also include a mask mandate that applies to mass transportation and any public indoor space.