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Tuesday, 16 November 2021

Last Night’s Talk Shows on the public sector’s first day of no vaccine no work + Egypt lending a helping hand to Aswan

It was a mixed bag on the airwaves yesterday: The nation’s talking heads covered the first day of the workplace ban on unvaccinated public sector workers, aid to Aswan (which is still reeling from last week’s storms), and the return of the World Youth Forum.

Happy first day of no vaccine, no work: Hossam Abdel Ghaffar made his debut as the Health Ministry’s spokesperson last night, telling Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi that things went fairly smoothly as the new workplace policy was introduced (watch, runtime: 3:16). Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 1:30) and Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 15:33) also had the story.

The workplace ban leads coverage of Egypt in the international press this morning with Reuters, AFP, CNN and Sky News all taking note.

Eyes are still on Aswan, following up on the heavy rains that swept over the southern city last week. A number of trucks loaded with aid are on their way to Aswan and should arrive by 9am this morning, Mohamed Mokhtar, spokesman for the Tahya Misr Fund, told El Hekaya’s Amr Adib (watch, runtime: 6:29), adding that some 2k people are in need of aid after the destructive rains. The aid will also help to rebuild homes, 500 of which were damaged. Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 2:18) and Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 3:20) also covered the story.

The New York Times and Washington Post have both taken note of the story.

The World Youth Forum is back for its fourth run: After last year’s covid-imposed hiatus, the World Youth Forum will return to Sharm El Sheikh for its fourth iteration on 10-13 January. The story was all over the airwaves: Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 4:00), Hadeeth Al Kahira (watch, runtime: 0:43), Kelma Akheera (watch, runtime: 1:13) and Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 8:09).

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