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Sunday, 14 November 2021

14 mn Egyptians are now fully vaccinated -Abdel Ghaffar

A quarter of the population has now had at least one dose of a covid vaccine, according to figures shared by Higher Education Minister and Acting Health Minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar in an interview on El Hekaya last night (watch, runtime: 21:20). Some 26.8 mn have received their first dose while 14 mn people are now fully vaccinated against the virus, the minister said.

Another 14 mn vaccines should arrive in the country before the month is out — and it’s a cocktail of all our favorite vaccines. Around 9.6 mn of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 2.3 mn AstraZeneca jabs, and 1.5 mn Pfizer doses will reach our shores over the coming 2.5 weeks, Abdel Ghaffar said.

Members of the public can now get jabbed while waiting for the metro, with interchange stations and stations being outfitted with covid-19 vaccination kiosks, the Cairo Metro said on Thursday. Two kiosks where anyone can register for and take covid-19 vaccines have already been installed at Sadat Station, with plans to set up several more.

The Health Ministry’s vaccination passport app could become available without charge, Abdel Ghaffar told Amr Adib. He explained that until then, physical vaccination certificates are still accredited so people are not obliged to download the app and pay the fee. Many users have complained in reviews on the Google Play and Apple’s App Store about the need to pay a fee to access their vaccination data.

The ministry has another app in the works for people coming to Egypt: Arrive in Egypt will soon be available for those coming to Egypt from abroad. The application will use either an uploaded vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test and convert it into an QR code to facilitate visitors’ movement into the country.

The Health Ministry reported 929 new covid-19 infections yesterday, up from 909 the day before. Egypt has now disclosed a total of 343,026 confirmed cases of covid-19. The ministry also reported 69 new deaths, bringing the country’s total death toll to 19,435.

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