Cairo – The Egyptian government said that it is ready to manufacture vaccines for the emerging coronavirus, with a production capacity of 3 million doses per day.
Yesterday, Sunday, the Minister of Health and Population, Hala Zayed, visited the factories complex of the Vaccines and Serology Holding Company “Vaccera”, to follow up on the final preparations of the new production lines for the manufacture of vaccines. Read also Symptoms of the Corona virus .. 33 signs of infection Symptoms of black fungus.. 18 signs of infection Corona Delta terror strain hits Moscow, sweeps the world, and records new symptoms Corona Delta Plus strain appears in several countries and is resistant to antibody drugs
The cost of the new vaccine production lines amounted to about $17 million, in addition to the $5 million construction cost, according to an official statement by the Ministry of Health.
The official spokesman for the Ministry of Health, Khaled Megahed, said that the next few days will witness the first Egyptian production of the Corona vaccine from the new production lines, considering it the largest vaccine manufacturing complex in the Middle East and Africa.
He explained, in televised statements, that the new factory includes 8 central laboratories to control the produced vaccines, and a central refrigerator complex that can store 150 million doses, and its production capacity is 3 million doses of vaccines per day, as he confirmed.
Mujahid added that all polio and pneumococcal vaccines will be manufactured in cooperation with European companies through new production lines.
Last week, the Egyptian government announced its plan to manufacture 3 types of vaccines by the last quarter of 2022, to achieve local and export sufficiency.
contract with china
The head of the Chamber of Medicine, Ahmed El-Ezaby, stated that Egypt had contracted with China to manufacture the Chinese vaccine “Sinovac” through the Vaxera Company, as well as contracted to produce the Russian vaccine, adding that the Egyptian vaccine would be manufactured after the completion of experiments on it.
Early this month, the Egyptian Prime Minister, Mostafa Madbouly, revealed that 2.5 million citizens have received the Corona vaccine since the start of the vaccination campaign, last January.
The population of Egypt, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics – an official body – is 101 million, which means that the proportion of those who received the Corona vaccine is less than 2.5% of the population.
So far, Cairo has received about 5.6 million doses of Corona vaccines, which are “Astrazeneca”, “Sinopharm”, and Sinovac.
Despite Egypt’s start to produce Corona vaccines, the President’s Adviser for Health Affairs, Mohamed Awad Taj El-Din, announced 3 days ago that 25 million doses of the “Johnson & Johnson” vaccine would arrive.
The Minister of Health also announced that 1.9 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will arrive over the next few days.
According to the data of the Ministry of Health, the total number of cases that were recorded infected with the emerging coronavirus reached 276,756 cases, including 205,157 recovered, and 15,829 deaths.
Since the beginning of the Corona pandemic, doubts have arisen in the numbers announced by the Egyptian government for cases of infection and death due to the virus.
Last December, the Director of Health Emergencies in the WHO Regional Office, Richard Brennan, said during a press conference that the number of corona infections recorded by the Egyptian Ministry of Health does not reflect the true number of injuries in the country.
He added that the Egyptian government decided to focus its tests on a subgroup of citizens, especially those with complex diseases and those in critical condition.