The Ministry of Health and Population in Egypt announced on Sunday that it had received 1,842,750 doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, provided by the US government through the COVAX mechanism in cooperation with the International Alliance for Vaccines Gavi.
A statement by the ministry said that the shipment arrived on Saturday evening, at Cairo International Airport. It comes within the state’s plan to diversify and expand the provision of coronavirus vaccines, in order to preserve the state’s gains in addressing the pandemic.
The Pfizer vaccine has emergency use approval from the World Health Organization and the Egyptian Drug Authority, which is two doses separated by 21 days, it added.
And the statement added that the shipment of vaccines received will be subject to analysis in the laboratories of the Egyptian Drug Authority before distributing them to vaccination centers across the country.
The Ministry of Health and Population said that Egypt was able in a short time to provide all coronavirus vaccines, which included the Sinovac, Sinopharm, AstraZeneca, Sputnik, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and Moderna vaccines, as part of the state’s plan to diversify and expand the provision of anti-Coronavirus vaccines.
Egypt has thus far succeeded in providing all types of vaccines against the coronavirus, according to Government reports.
Egypt’s vaccination campaign began in January with priority groups and later expanded to university students. Registration for the jab is open to all. The country aims to vaccinate 40 million people by September.