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Sunday, 3 October 2021

Egypt receives its first 1.6 mn batch of Pfizer vaccines

Egypt received 1.6 mn doses of Pfizer vaccine as a gift from the US last Thursday under the Gavi / Covax program, the Health Ministry and the US embassy said in statements on Thursday. This is the first batch of a total 5 mn Pfizer doses that we will be receiving from the US. There was no indication of when the next shipments would be dispatched. The ministry also confirmed that it had received 100k+ doses of AstraZeneca sent by Poland last week.

The vaccine shipments are coming thick and fast: Including the Pfizer shipment, Egypt has received around 10 mn vaccines in the past two weeks alone, including 5.4 mn doses of Sinopharm, 2.3 mn AstraZeneca doses from Germany, and almost 550k of the same jab from France.

The Health Ministry reported 761 new covid-19 infections yesterday, up from 745 the day before. Egypt has now disclosed a total of 306,030 confirmed cases of covid-19. The ministry also reported 32 new deaths, bringing the country’s total death toll to 17,399.

FROM THE REGION- Residents of Saudi Arabia will not be allowed into public and private sector institutions starting 10 October unless they’re full vaccinated, the Saudi Human Resources and Social Development Ministry said over the weekend. Those who have not been fully vaccinated will also not be allowed into malls, cultural institutions, sporting events, and entertainment venues.

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