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Egypt’s Health Ministry denies third doses needed for Sinopharma vaccine

The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health for Preventive Affairs Mohamed Abdel Fattah refuted claims spread on social media stating that a third dose of the Sinopharma vaccine was necessary, calling it baseless speculation.

In a Thursday phone-call to the “Al-Youm” (Today) program broadcast on DMC channel, he explained that the epidemiological situation is practically monitored around the clock.

Travelers arriving in Egypt will be allowed to enter the country without conducting a coronavirus test, he said, provided that they have obtained two doses of vaccination, 14 days prior to arrival to the country.

He assured that the Ministry of Health is committed to what the World Health Organization or international medical organizations approve of with regard to vaccine doses, whether two doses or one.

Egypt has crossed the top of the epidemiological curve of the third wave, thanks to the awareness of citizens and the increasing demand for vaccination, Abdel Fattah said.

The country’s access to many vaccines helped strongly reduce the number of infections. Those coming from countries with mutated strains of the coronavirus will be subject to more precise procedures, he added.

Abdel Fattah stressed that Egypt only uses vaccines approved by international authorities, and noted that the production the Chinese Sinovac vaccine is one of the reasons the Egyptian state has succeeded in managing the coronavirus crisis.

Production stages for 40 million doses of the Chinese vaccine will start soon that by the end of this month the first batch will be ready, he said.

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