Covid vaccine rollout commences to eldery and chronically ill
It’s the first day of the covid-19 rollout to the wider public, with the elderly and those with chronic conditions currently getting administered the Sinopharm and AstraZeneca jabs. The country has set up 40 centers nationwide to administer the vaccine and over 152k eligible individuals have registered for the vaccine so far with the website still accepting requests, according to a cabinet statement. Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly was on the scene today supervising day one of the rollout and gave a speech (watch, runtime: 1:13).
The timeline for receiving the second dose differs based on the vaccine administered: Citizens who receive the Sinopharm vaccine will get the second dose administered 21 days after receiving the first jab, while citizens who receive the AstraZeneca vaccine will get the second dose in three months.
Egypt should be receiving 8.6 mn doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine sometime this week as part of the agreement signed with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Gavi/Covax initiative, which will see Egypt receive 40 mn doses of the AstraZeneca jab during 2021, Health Minister Hala Zayed previously said.
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The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has started testing Russia’s Sputnik V covid-19 vaccine to ensure its compliance with safety and quality standards, according to an EMA press release. The testing will be done through a rolling review “which should take less time than normal to evaluate an eventual application” the agency said. Once the jab gets EMA approval, Russia can provide vaccines for 50 mn Europeans starting from June, Russian Direct Investment Fund CEO Kirill Dmitriev.