CAIRO: Egyptian Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed announced that Egypt is negotiating with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (Gavi) to provide 20% of its vaccines against the coronavirus.
Zayed mentioned three vaccines: AstraZeneca, Sinopharm and Pfizer-BioNTech.
“We are currently in talks with the Chinese ambassador regarding the Chinese vaccine… in a few days, the supply will start,” Zayed said.
“We are also contacting Pfizer to obtain its vaccine and the dossier has been submitted for registration in Egypt,” she added.
The minister said Egypt plans to start receiving Gavi coronavirus vaccines in the coming weeks.
The minister added that Gavi will meet 20% of Egypt’s needs and that urgent deliveries will arrive in the first quarter of the year.
She said the vaccines could arrive in late January or early February, which would likely be the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Zayed said there was a 21% decrease in the daily average of new coronavirus cases since the start of this month, compared to the last week of December.
She pointed out that the rate of suspected cases in hospitals has fallen by 15 percent.
She added that the incidence of intensive care cases fell by 8%, with the average cure rate increasing by 5%.
Zayed said the death toll in the second wave of the coronavirus was 50% lower than in the first wave. She added that Egypt had seen a decrease in the daily rate of new cases in recent days.