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Tuesday, 17 August 2021

You absolutely, positively, 100% need a PCR test (or proof you’re jabbed) to get into Egypt

Border authorities will not accept negative ID Now rapid covid tests in place of PCR tests, an official at Cairo International Airport told Al Shorouk, emphasizing that everyone must show a negative PCR test or a covid-19 vaccination certificate before being allowed into the country. Vaccination certificates need to include a valid QR code issued by the home country to be accepted. Egypt began administering ID Now tests in May to people coming from countries where covid-19 variants have been detected.

Will Egypt manufacture Moderna vaccines? African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) has offered to buy 100% of Vacsera’s production of Moderna vaccines if it becomes one of the 20 joint manufacturing facilities Moderna aims to set up globally in association with the World Health Organization, Health Minister Hala Zayed said yesterday in a statement. Vacsera has not yet been informed of talks underway that would see them produce Moderna’s very well-respected mRNA jab, an official told us when we reached out yesterday for more information.

The Health Ministry reported 107 new covid-19 infections yesterday, up from 101 the day before. Egypt has now disclosed a total of 285,465 confirmed cases of covid-19. The ministry also reported six new deaths, bringing the country’s total death toll to 16,625.


Herd immunity against covid is not a thing? Scientists who have long believed that the population will eventually develop “herd immunity” against covid — just like it did with previous viruses — are now ditching their hopes, according to Bloomberg. With new variants spreading fast, a top vaccine researcher at the Mayo Clinic says that even if 95% of the population was vaccinated, herd immunity may now be off the table.

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