Egypt’s Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Acting Minister of Health Khaled Abdel Ghaffar announced during a Wednesday cabinet meeting that the Molnupiravir antiviral drug will be provided in government pharmacies.
The Cabinet also reviewed a report from Abdel Ghaffar regarding developments in the epidemiological situation of the coronavirus locally and internationally.
Various new measures have been taken in light of these developments, the report said, which include providing the booster dose three months after the second dose for the age group over 65 years old is obtained.
The period during which citizens can take the booster dose has been extended for two months after the citizen has received a confirmation message with the vaccination.
Abdel Ghaffar also touched on the current situation of contracting and supplying coronavirus vaccines, stating that the total volume of vaccines both consumed and available amounted to 140.5 million doses.
The total consumed doses of the coronavirus vaccines amounted to 67.7 million doses, with 29.2 million people who have been fully immunized with the first and second doses and more than 811,000 people with booster doses.
He added more than 73.9 million doses, sufficient for more than 52 million citizens were available.
The total vaccinations consumed by the 12 to 15 age group amounted to 296,400 for the first and second doses, and the total vaccinations for the 15-18 age group totaled 1.8 million for the first and second doses.