The Egyptian Cabinet said that the health authorities began vaccinating the elderly and those with chronic diseases today, Thursday, with the Corona virus vaccine, several weeks after the start of the vaccination of medical workers.
The Cabinet said in a statement that nearly 153,000 people have applied for vaccination since last Sunday, when the government made it possible to register applications online..
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said that Egypt, whose population exceeds 100 million, has prepared 40 vaccination centers, and that it intends to increase the number after the arrival of additional batches of vaccines..
Egypt has received 350,000 doses of the vaccine developed by the Chinese company Sinopharm in two batches since December, in addition to 50,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine last February..
On February 24, the Egyptian Medicines Authority said that it had approved the Sputnik vaccine in Russia for emergency use.
The Egyptian company Prime Speed Medical said that it had obtained the right to provide the Russian vaccine in Egypt, in a statement to the Egyptian Stock Exchange, but it did not provide details..
Egypt began vaccinating frontline workers in the medical sector on January 24th, with the Chinese vaccine.
Health Minister Hala Zayed said that those who received the Chinese vaccine will receive a second dose after 21 days, and those who received the AstraZeneca vaccine will wait 12 weeks to receive the second dose..
As of Wednesday, Egypt confirmed the discovery of 184,168 cases of infection with the Coronavirus, including 10,822 deaths, since the start of the pandemic.