Made In Egypt Sinovac jabs + natgas minibuses the flavors of the night on the talk shows
Covid dominated the conversation on the nation’s airwaves last night as Health Minister Hala Zayed announced that the first batch of made-in-Egypt Sinovac jabs will be finished by 15 June. We have more in this morning’s Covid Watch, above.
There was time to discuss the Finance Ministry’s recent expansion of its natgas transition scheme, through which it’ll allow owners of 20+ year-old microbuses to apply for the first phase of the government’s natgas vehicle swap scheme starting July. The ministry will provide dated microbus owners with support of 25% of the new vehicle’s total value — which should not exceed EGP 65k — to help cover the down payment to make the switch, spokesperson of the Automobile Financing Fund Tarek Awad said in a phone-in to Kelma Akhira (watch, runtime: 6:54) last night. The remaining cost of the vehicle will be paid over seven to 10 years in installments at reduced rates of as much as 3% under a financing program backed by the Central Bank of Egypt, in addition to life and auto ins. coverage at discounted rates, according to Awad. Masaa DMC also had coverage of the Finance Ministry’s latest move (watch, runtime: 8:50).
Also on the airwaves last night:
- A draft bill permitting the automatic dismissal of civil servants, which was handed preliminary approval by the House yesterday, would primarily be applied to those who have been blacklisted in terrorism-related crimes, targeting the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, Rep. Atef Maghawry said. (Kelma Akhira | watch, runtime: 11:39)
- The Transport Ministry has agreed to establish three new highways in Cairo and Giza, spanning 100 kms in length and costing EGP 3.5 bn, Minister Kamel El Wazir said. (Ala Mas’ouleety | watch, runtime: 4:00)