China hands over second batch of COVID-19 vaccine donation to Egypt

A staff member tests samples of the COVID-19 inactivated vaccine at a vaccine production plant of China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) in Beijing, capital of China, April 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Yuwei)
A staff member tests samples of the COVID-19 inactivated vaccine at a vaccine production plant of China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) in Beijing, capital of China, April 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Yuwei)

China handed over a second batch of COVID-19 vaccine to Egypt on Monday.

Chinese Ambassador to Egypt Liao Liqiang and Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed held a press conference at the headquarters of the health ministry, during which Liao signed a certificate to confirm the handover with Egyptian Assistant Health Minister for Financial and Administrative Affairs Wael El Saaey.

China has given great support and assistance to Egypt through the joint efforts of the Chinese government and enterprises, reflecting the friendship between the leaders of the two countries, and the strong relations between Egypt and China, Zayed told the press conference.

“The Chinese COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective and has played an important role in Egypt’s vaccination system. Egypt is willing to continue to cooperate with China in various fields such as vaccines, epidemic prevention and control,” Zayed said.

For his part, the Chinese ambassador said that when Egypt is most in need, China has always provided sincere help as soon as possible, which is a profound portrayal of the in-depth development of the China-Egypt comprehensive strategic partnership.

The first batch of COVID-19 vaccines provided by China for Egypt and the General Secretariat of the Arab League arrived in Cairo on February 23.