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Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Form an orderly line

Members of the public may be able to register to get vaccinated as soon as next week, Mohamed Abdel Fattah, head of the Health Ministry’s Central Administration for Preventive Affairs, told Masaa DMC's Ramy Radwan last night (watch, runtime: 7:14). People will be able to register via a dedicated website that Abdel Fattah expects to go live next week.

But: There’s still no timeline for when the ministry will start distributing shots to the wider public. And we’re also looking for word on how (a) private sector companies and medical offices may be able to get involved in vaccine distribution and (b) how foreign residents can sign up for the jab.

Egypt kicked off its vaccine program on Monday: Citizens can line up for their jabs after the ministry is done inoculating 410k frontline medical staff working at isolation, chest and fever hospitals around the country. Those with underlying health conditions and the elderly will be at the head of the line. The Health Ministry won’t be vaccinating children (pending the results of clinical trials globally) or pregnant women.

The Health Ministry reported 643 new covid-19 infections yesterday, down from 669 the day before. The ministry also reported 55 new deaths, bringing the country’s total death toll to 9,067. Egypt has now disclosed a total of 163,129 confirmed cases of covid-19.

The politics of vaccine distribution are starting to get heated, after the EU blasted AstraZeneca for delaying deliveries and lashed out at the US’ export restrictions, reports Bloomberg. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is demanding Europe also block the export of vaccines as shortages threaten to disrupt national vaccination campaigns.

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