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Monday, 1 November 2021

We just got our first ever Moderna jabs

Moderna jabs make their Egypt debut: 784k doses of Moderna vaccines arrived at Cairo Airport yesterday, according to a Health Ministry statement, marking the first Moderna doses to arrive in Egypt. The vaccines were donated by Canada through the GAVI/Covax program, according to Higher Education and Acting Health Minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, who added that Egypt now offers Sinovac, Sinopharm, AstraZeneca, Sputnik, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and Moderna vaccines.

We’ve been looking out for Moderna shots for some time: The Health Ministry first told us to expect the first Moderna jabs sometime in September, then in October as part of a total of 8 mn doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines donated from the US, though we only seem to have received successive Pfizer doses from the US to date.

The ministry has administered 38 mn vaccines since it began its rollout in January, interim health minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar said yesterday. It did not disclose how many people have been fully vaccinated against the virus. It has received a total of 72 mn doses, giving it a supply of 34 mn spare doses. The ministry is expecting to up its supply by an additional 26 mn doses of Pfizer, Moderna, Sinovac, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines, the statement said, without providing a timetable.

Over 1.5 mn university employees have received their covid vaccines, Abdel Gaffar said.

The Health Ministry reported 933 new covid-19 infections yesterday, down from 948 the day before. Egypt has now disclosed a total of 331,017 confirmed cases of covid-19. The ministry also reported 59 new deaths, bringing the country’s total death toll to 18,651.

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