Egypt receives 1.7M AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses

Multiple countries in Europe have suspended the use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine. /Joel Saget/AFP

Egypt has on Thursday received 1.7M doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses through the COVAX initiative and 500,000 doses of China’s Sinopharm vaccine, the Health Ministry reported.

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The AstraZeneca doses are the second batch of their kind under the COVAX agreement, Health Minister Hala Zayed said.

Egypt Independent reports that the country will soon receive the raw materials to manufacture China’s Sinovac vaccine, under an agreement signed between VACSERA and the Chinese company.

The materials are enough to make 2.25 million vaccine doses, Ministry Spokesperson Khaled Megahed said, adding that the ministry expects that VACSERA will produce roughly 40 million doses of the vaccine by the end of the year.

Egypt is one of the first countries in Africa to begin manufacturing coronavirus vaccines.