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Sunday, 21 February 2021

We can register for our covid jab starting next week as 8.6 mn doses are set to arrive

Egyptians can register to take a covid-19 vaccine starting next week on the ministry’s website, Health Minister Hala Zayed said at a press conference today (watch, runtime: 18:44). Priority will go to the elderly and people with chronic illnesses, the minister added, saying the ministry has set up vaccination centers in 27 governorates nationwide. Zayed said folks who take the jab will be asked to contact the ministry to report any adverse reactions.

The news comes as Egypt expects to receive c. 8.6 mn doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine by next week as part of the agreement signed with Gavi (the Vaccine Alliance) which will see Egypt receive 40 mn doses of the AstraZeneca jab during 2021, Zayed added. We’re also expecting to receive a shipment of China’s Sinopharm vaccine “as a gift” within the next few hours, she said. The ministry will announce more details when the batch lands.

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