Egyptians can start registering for receiving the Covid-19 vaccines as of next week, with elderly people, and those suffering chronic disease and oncology patients given top priority, Minister of Health Hala Zayed said Sunday. The ministry launched a website for registration last month.
The minister reviewed during a press conference yesterday the latest developments of the pandemic in Egypt, saying that that up to 27 sites were allocated across the country to offer the vaccine.
Egypt already began its Covid-19 vaccination campaign late in January, offering the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine to medical staffs at quarantine hospitals.
Minister Zayed said that Egypt had concluded deals to but 100 million vaccines, and would soon receive 8.6 million AstraZenec doses, part of 40 million jabs to be delivered from the Geneva-based Vaccine Alliance, GAVI. Shipments are due to be delivered through the year.
In addition, Egypt is receiving a shipment of the Sinopharm vaccine over the coming hours.
No unexpected side effects have been found so far after the first shots of the vaccine were given to doctors and health workers, the minister stressed.
Head of the ministry’s Anti-Coronavirus Scientific Committee Hossam Hosni attended the conference.