The head of the Egyptian Medicines Authority Tamer Essam affirmed that the medicines industry in Egypt was a true and indispensable element of national security.
Essam’s remarks came as President Abdel Fattah El Sisi inaugurated Thursday the Gypto Pharma City in el-Khanka, Qalyubia governorate.
In his remarks, Essam said that the manufacture of drugs in Egypt serves two aspects. “The first is that it is a real element of national security which is indispensable, and the second part is investment,” he said.
He added that Egypt was the first country in the Middle East to manufacture and achieve self-sufficiency of the medicines that are used in the protocol for treating the coronavirus.
He revealed that the first Egyptian device that helps with artificial respiration was produced in Egypt, indicating that the authority contributed, during the coronavirus crisis, to providing strategic stockpile that lasts between 6 to 9 months.
Essam stressed that the pharma city reflects the methodology and direction of the Egyptian state to expand its position on the global pharmaceutical manufacturing map, noting that a large tumour drug factory has been established and equipped and will be operational by the end of the year, and a production line for immunosuppressants has also been licensed and operated.