Egypt receives third batch of AstraZeneca vaccines through the COVAX Facility

An Egyptian medical worker administers help people to receiving anOxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine (Covishield) on March 4, 2021 at Qattameya's medical center in Cairo on the first day of vaccination in Egypt. (Photo by Fadel Dawod/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Egypt has received an additional 1,766, 400 COVID-19 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in a third batch of vaccines delivered via the COVAX Facility.

An Egyptian medical worker administers help people to receiving an Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine (Covishield), March 4, 2021,Fadel Dawod/ Getty Images)

The arrival of the vaccines is important at this stage to address the lack of vaccines that Egypt, like many other countries, is facing.

Egypt has scaled up its vaccination rates in the past few months, opening many vaccination centres across the country that have the capacity to vaccinate thousands of people per day.

Egypt is also among the few countries where vaccination is offered not only to Egyptians, but to all people in Egypt, including refugees and migrants.

“Few interventions in the history of public health can compare with the impact of vaccines and their vital role in saving millions of lives. It is our shared responsibility and accountability to protect ourselves, our loved ones and communities by getting vaccinated,” Dr Naeema Al Gasseer, WHO Representative in Egypt said.

“We need to reach 70 percent of the population with vaccination as a critical milestone in halting the pandemic. We as WHO with our partners, including civil society, call for equity of vaccine allocation leaving no one behind to fully support the government’s efforts to increase availability and production of vaccines to cover all people living in Egypt and beyond,” she added.