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Sunday, 1 August 2021

We’re finally getting QR-coded vaccine certificates

Would-be travellers rejoice: Vaccinated individuals will now be able to get official, QR-code bearing vaccination certificates at 126 dedicated centers nationwide, the Health Ministry spokesperson Khaled Megahed announced over the weekend. Certificates will cost EGP 100 for Egyptian citizens, and USD 10 for non-Egyptians. Hit the link for the list of centers.

The ministry is also working on an Egypt Health Passport app that will allow individuals to display their vaccination status on their mobile phones.

There’s still no word from the ministry on when it will start offering vaccines that comply with entry requirements of a traveler’s destination. A ministry official had suggested last week that international vaccination centers would be opening to ensure travelers have access to the jabs they need to qualify for admission to their destination countries without suffering through quarantine.

MEANWHILE- Ten mn doses of made-in-Egypt Sinovac should be available in 500 vaccination centers nationwide by mid-August, Health Minister Hala Zayed said over the weekend. The health minister had previously said that state vaccine-maker Vacsera would produce 10 mn doses by the end of July, and aims to deliver around 15 mn vaccines a month starting August onwards. The company said in early July that it had manufactured the first 1 mn doses of the vaccine, and was targeting 80 mn by the end of the year.

The Health Ministry reported 47 new covid-19 infections yesterday, up from 45 the day before. Egypt has now disclosed a total of 284,262 confirmed cases of covid-19. The ministry also reported 6 new deaths, bringing the country’s total death toll to 16,524.

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