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Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Another 1.06 mn J&J vaccines landed yesterday

Egypt got its hands on 1.06 mn Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses yesterday, according to a Health Ministry statement. This marks the third shipment of covid-19 vaccine doses to arrive this month, following the arrival of 1.4 mn Pfizer jabs on Friday, and another batch last week. This is also the third batch of J&J vaccines to reach our shores, with the shipment being sent primarily to travel vaccine centers for those needing to travel abroad. We are still expected to receive some 3 mn more doses before the end of the month, in addition to the 2 mn doses per week of Sinovac jabs being produced at Vacsera.

The Health Ministry reported 889 new covid-19 infections yesterday, up from 886 the day before. Egypt has now disclosed a total of 325,508 confirmed cases of covid-19. The ministry also reported 48 new deaths, bringing the country’s total death toll to 18,333.

Kids aged 5-11 could be eligible for covid vaccines in the US as soon as early November, top US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci told ABC News. FDA analysis of Pfizer trials found the vaccines were “highly effective” in preventing serious illness in elementary school-aged children, with the benefits far outweighing the risks. The regulator is now set to discuss the authorization of the lower-dose pediatric vaccine with Pfizer later today. Reuters also had the story.

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