Russia's Coronavirus Vaccine rollout- CC via Flickr/ Marco Verch Professional Photographer
CAIRO – 1 May 2021: Egypt will receive new batches of anti-coronavirus vaccines in the coming few days to enhance its reserve ,which reached so far 2.5 million doses of vaccines from different manufacturing companies.
Over the past few days, Egypt received 900,000 doses of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine to be added to 1.6 million doses, bringing the total to 2.5 million doses, the Ministry of Health Spokesperson Khaled Megahed told Youm7 on Saturday.
He added that one more million doses of the Sinopharm will arrive in mid-May, noting that 2.5 million doses of Chinese Sinovac vaccine will be received as well, including 500,000 doses will be used urgently.
Megahed continued that 1.7 million doses of the AstraZenka vaccine will be received on May 9 from International Federation of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers (Gavi).
In addition to this, the Ministry of Health and Population had contracted to get 10 million doses of Sputnik V vaccine, he said, affirming that the money for these doses were transferred to the Russian side.
As for using the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine, Egypt has contracted to get 4 million doses, which expected to arrive in Egypt in the fourth quarter of this year, he said.
The ministry aims to vaccinate from 5 to 6 million people per month, he continued, adding that Egypt will participate in the third phase of the clinical trials of the Russian vaccine Sputnik.