Egypt began vaccinating frontline medical staff against COVID-19 on Sunday using the jab developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm).
The vaccine will be provided free of charge first to all doctors and frontline workers treating coronavirus patients, then to other medical workers, senior citizens and people with chronic illnesses, Health Minister Hala Zayed said.
Zayed previously said Egypt was expecting 40 million doses via the GAVI vaccine alliance, covering 20 million of the country’s 100 million population.
She said on Sunday the country had secured an additional 40 million vials from one company and 20 million from another, without specifying their origin but bringing the total to 100 million doses.
The total of medical teams targeted to be vaccinated in chest, fever hospitals is 207,000 people, including doctors, nurses, administrators, and workers.
Meanwhile, the target for vaccination in chest hospitals is 10,000 individuals, while the target in the fever hospitals is 14,000, and 13,000 in isolation hospitals.
The target in screening hospitals is 170,000 individuals.
The health ministry has already prepared, in coordination with the interior and local development ministers, 34 centres for the delivery of vaccines to citizens.