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Tuesday, 17 August 2021

Government could soon make vaccination mandatory at public sector institutions

It was covid as far as our eyes could see on the nation’s airwaves last night: Expect some public and private sector institutions to mandate vaccines in the near future, presidential health advisor Mohamed Awad Tag El Din said in a phone-in to Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 22:09), noting that the government plans to vaccinate as many as 40 mn citizens in the next few months. A conference will be held next week to touch on post-covid conditions and the range of new, returning or ongoing health problems people can experience four or more weeks after first being infected with the virus, Tag El Din said.

Covid-19 vaccination at school communities could become mandatory at some point in the near future, Cabinet spokesperson Nader Saad told Channel One (watch, runtime: 6:42). President Abdelfattah El Sisi directed officials last week to come up with a plan to jab all teachers and students ahead of the start of the 2021-2022 school year. El Sisi also directed authorities to launch a medical check-up campaign for students nationwide, screening for mental and physical health conditions. We have more on this in the news well, above. Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 11:09) also took note.

Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa dedicated a lengthy segment to Kabul’s fall to the Taliban: Two decades after US troops invaded Afghanistan to root out Al Qaeda terrorists who attacked the country in September 2001, the US nation-building experiment was in ruins — undercut by misguided and contradictory policies, Moussa said (watch, runtime: 3:55).

FROM THE DUMPSTER FIRE that is our social media: We’re not sure if he deserves a kudo or a bump on the noggin, but Moussa talked with a Taliban spokesman and asked whether parties will be allowed — and whether Afghanistan’s national TV broadcasters will be allowed to play music on air now that the Islamist fundamentalists are in charge.

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