FILE PHOTO: A vial and sryinge are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo in this illustration taken January 11, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo/File Photo
CAIRO - 19 September 2021: Egypt would receive 3.5 million doses of the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccines this week, besides 1.6 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine this Friday, announced the Egyptian Ministry of Health in a statement on Sunday.
These shipments of vaccines will be provided in travel vaccination centers, the ministry added.
The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population received a shipment of 20 refrigerators to store Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccines, which will be received in the coming period, said the World Health Organization (WHO) Egypt in a statement on Friday.
The shipment was delivered by UNICEF through the COVAX facility, the statement added, noting that the delivered refrigerators are the first shipment out of a total of 63 refrigerators that the ministry will receive in the coming period.
A vaccination promotion campaign was launched on Saturday Egyptian governorates of Kafr el Sheikh, Beni Suef and Sharqiya to encourage people to register in order to swiftly get vaccinated.
The 10-day campaign falls within the framework of the directives of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.
In a statement on Saturday, Health Ministry Khaled Megahed said 17,345 people registered for getting the vaccination during the campaign in Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, Fayyoum, Dakahlia, and Qaliobiya.
The campaign contributed to raising awareness of 18,000 people about the importance of the vaccination for protection from the coronavirus.
Egypt recorded on Saturday 637 coronavirus infections, and 16 deaths as well as 711 recoveries at isolation hospitals.
As such, the total figures became 296,276 infections, 16,951 deaths, and 249,793 recoveries.