Egyptian Health and Population Minister Hala Zayed said on Saturday that Egypt’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign will begin in the second or third week of January, prioritizing people with chronic diseases, the elderly and medical workers.
During a Skype interview with al-Hekaya (the story) on MBC Masr, Zayed said the government had identified vaccination sites in all 27 governorates of the country.
She pointed out that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi had instructed the Armed Forces Engineering Department to check these locations and ensure their readiness.
Regarding the availability of doses, the minister confirmed that there are 29 million syringes and that some vaccines contain the syringe.
Zayed stated that Egypt secured 40 million doses for 20 million citizens through GAVI, the global vaccine alliance funded by the Tahya Misr Fund (Long Live Egypt).
The minister added that conducting the vaccination process poses challenges not only in Egypt but around the world.
Zayed confirmed that the number of infections has increased in the past two months and she expects the infection rate to continue to rise during the winter season.
The minister stated that the winter season is always marked by an increase in respiratory diseases.
Finally, Zayed stressed the need to follow preventive and precautionary measures to limit the spread of infection with the virus until the end of the second wave peak.
Revised translation by Al-Masry Al-Youm