CAIRO – The Ministry of Health announced detecting 603 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, raising the total number of infected cases in the country to 171,993. A total of 53 coronavirus-linked deaths were registered over the past 24 hours, raising the overall death toll to 9,857 since the outset of the pandemic in February, said the Spokesman for the Health Ministry Khaled Megahed in a press statement. As many as 376 cases were discharged from isolation hospitals after receiving the necessary medical care, taking the total number of recovered cases so far to 133,707, the spokesman added.
Egypt has started its vaccination campaign in January, starting with the medical teams at quarantine hospitals, for being on top of priority groups in terms of vaccination.
Late in January, Egypt received 50,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the second batch to be delivered to the country after the China’s Sinopharm batch in December.
Speaking before the House of Representatives in February, Zayed said that Egypt received on that day the third batch of the Chinese vaccine.
She added that Egypt managed to strike international deals to import 100 million vaccine doses in 2021 thanks to its good relations with other countries.
Zayed said in statements to MBC channel, that the Ministry will start vaccinating the elderly along with people with chronic diseases against COVID, in mid-February.