Egypt set to receive more shots of Chinese COVID-19 vaccine Sinopharm - (Egypt Independent via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Egypt's health ministry said the country will receive more shipments of Sinopharm's COVID-19 vaccine through the United Arab Emirates (UAE) later this week, reported Egypt Independent.

  • Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahid said a meeting between Egyptian and Emirati counterparts discussed the UAE's desire for Egypt to become a center for vaccine production in Africa and the Middle East.

  • Megahid explained that the health minister discussed the possibility of transferring Sinopharm's technological expertise in drug production to Egypt.

  • He added that vaccine factories in the Holding Company for Biological Products and Vaccines (VACSERA) are qualified to manufacture vaccines inside Egypt, and that there is a complete review process for production lines regarding vaccines.

  • The Emirates company G42 Healthcare, a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi-based technology company Group 42, is the agent of Sinopharm in the Middle East and North Africa.

  • Earlier this month, Egypt received its first shipment of Sinopharm's coronavirus vaccine, which is said to be 86% effective. The vaccine will be free for Egyptians, with the first doses being reserved for healthcare workers and at-risk populations.

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