CAIRO, 17 February 2021 – Egypt has received three shipments of the Sinopharm and AstraZaneca coronavirus vaccines, respectively from China and the United Kingdom.

Egypt’s health and population minister, Hala Zayed, told reporters Tuesday that the country awaits delivery of Russia’s Sputnik-V vaccines, which have reported a 92 percent efficacy rate.

Egypt's Health Minister Hala Zayed - Photo Egypt Today

Egypt’s Health Minister Hala Zayed – Photo Egypt Today

She confirmed that medical professionals, the elderly, and those afflicted with chronic diseases will continue to be prioritized in the inoculation program, given their position in the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19.

Zayed lauded Egypt’s fight against the pandemic, claiming that her country is one of the first countries to follow the instructions of the World Health Organization.

Egypt, which launched vaccinations last January 24, reports that it has completed the inoculation of all workers in 22 isolation hospitals while the program remains in progress in chest and fever hospitals.

Egypt has reopened mosques - Photo Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP

Muslim Men Line Up to Attend Prayers as Mosques Reopen in Egypt – Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP

Public health officials say Egyptians will be able to sign up for vaccinations on a secure website currently under development and awaiting to launch once the country has sufficient doses of the vaccines for more widespread vaccination of the general public.

Egypt has lifted some of the strictest restrictions put in place since last year to stem the spread of the new coronavirus, allowing mosques to reopen but maintaining limits to other public gatherings.

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