Do Chinese vaccines prevent Egyptians from performing the Hajj? | Egypt news

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A number of the owners of Egyptian tourism companies have expressed their concern about a crisis that may prevent the fulfillment of the hope of a large number of Egyptian citizens who decided to travel to Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj this year, due to the Chinese vaccines.

According to Egyptian news sites, the owners of tourism companies revealed that the number of pilgrims for the current year’s Hajj season – based on the decisions issued by the Saudi side – is estimated at 60,000 pilgrims, of whom 45,000 are from abroad, and 15,000 from the inside, which means that the share Each country ranges between 500 and 1,000 pilgrims.

The Masrawy website quoted Ahmed Al-Bakri, a member of the Egyptian Federation of Tourist Chambers and the owner of one of the tourism companies that organizes Hajj and Umrah trips, as criticizing the delay of the Saudi side in disclosing the arrangements related to organizing the Hajj season, indicating that Egyptian tourism companies still lack clear instructions to start work in the season. Pilgrimage.

Al-Bakri explained that the Saudi authorities’ failure to adopt the Chinese vaccine deprives Egyptians from Hajj, expecting that they will have a share in the Hajj season if it is approved soon.

He added, however, that no official Saudi decision has yet been issued to approve the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine, but Saudi sources and companies expect it to be approved.

second opinion

But another official in the field of tourism in Egypt said that Saudi Arabia has already set controls for performing Hajj rituals, including that the pilgrim traveling for Hajj has obtained a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization, and therefore this applies to the Chinese “Sinopharm” vaccine, he said, noting that this vaccine It was the most used in Egypt in the last period.

In statements to Echo Al-Balad channel, Ali Al-Manesterly, a member of the board of directors of the chambers of tourism companies, said that one of the controls is that the age of Hajj is not less than 18 years and not more than 60 years old, and that he had received two doses of the Corona vaccine a week before travel, indicating that the Saudi authorities The number of pilgrims from each country has not yet been determined.

Al-Manesterly explained that Saudi Arabia requires those traveling to it for the Hajj to conduct a PCR analysis before traveling, in addition to obtaining the vaccine, and upon arrival in Saudi Arabia, the arrivals will undergo another PCR analysis after being isolated for 3 days in hotels before heading. To perform the obligatory.

Saudi denial

On the other hand, the Assistant Undersecretary of the Saudi Ministry of Health for Preventive Health Abdullah Asiri said that it has not yet been approved to allow those who received the Chinese vaccine to enter the Kingdom, and that this matter is currently being studied in light of the presence of several Chinese vaccines that differ in terms of quality and safety and the studies published about them. According to him.

Al-Asiri indicated – in televised statements – that the list issued regarding the vaccines accepted in the Kingdom includes 4 vaccines: “Pfizer”, “AstraZeneca”, “Moderna”, and “Johnson & Johnson” (The Johnson & Johnson), indicating that taking these vaccines is recorded in the National Vaccine Registry.

It is noteworthy that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia decided last year to hold the Hajj season with a “very limited” number of pilgrims of different nationalities residing in it, due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic in the world, and the lack of a medicine or vaccine for those infected with the virus at that time.

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