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Monday, 18 January 2021

Egypt on track to produce, export Sputnik V?

Russia is open to handing Egypt the production technology to locally manufacture the vaccine, the Russian Embassy in Cairo said in a statement. Moscow hopes that Egypt could act as an export hub for the vaccine in Africa, Egypt’s ambassador to Russia Ihab Nasr told El Watan.

Egypt could begin receiving shipments of Sputnik V as soon as this month, the Russian Embassy added. Sputnik V has an efficacy of 91.4% and is registered for use in countries including Algeria, Bolivia and Argentina, with UAE expected to follow soon.

Egypt’s Vacsera is an African leader in vaccine production and will likely serve as the production hub if an agreement is reached with Moscow.

The Health Ministry reported 890 new covid-19 infections yesterday, up from 887 the day before. Egypt has now disclosed a total of 156,397 confirmed cases of covid-19. The ministry also reported 56 new deaths, bringing the country’s total death toll to 8,583.

The number of patients entering ICU units and being placed on ventilators has fallen 50% since the start of the month, compared to December, Health Minister Hala Zayed said in a statement.

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