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Sunday, 19 September 2021

AfDB could work with Egypt to export vaccines

The African Development Bank (AfDB) could help fund Egypt’s bid to become Africa’s vaccine hub: Senior bank officials were in town last week for talks with International Cooperation Minister Rania Al Mashat and Vacsera representatives to discuss the bank’s potential involvement in increasing the state-owned vaccine maker’s production capacity and exporting vaccines to other parts of Africa, the ministry said in a statement yesterday. Vacsera is currently producing 300k shots of Sinovac per day for local use, and the Health Ministry is in talks with Moderna about permitting Vacsera to produce its shots for export to the rest of Africa.

The Health Ministry reported 637 new covid-19 infections yesterday, up from 588 on Friday and 569 on Thursday. Egypt has now disclosed a total of 296,276 confirmed cases of covid-19. The ministry also reported 16 new deaths, bringing the country’s total death toll to 16,951.

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