Egypt is set to receive 5.2 million doses of the Moderna and Pfizer coronavirus vaccines in September, Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed said on Monday.
During a press conference, Zayed added that there are 10 million citizens registered on the ministry’s website to receive the vaccine, 7.5 million of whom have received at least one dose.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s health adviser Mohamed Awad Tag El-Din said on Monday that Egypt will be receiving 25 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot Janssen vaccine over the next four months.
Study abroad students will be vaccinated, as well as university students that are 18 years and older, she said, stressing the importance of obtaining both doses before the beginning of the academic year.
Zayed further called on the public to apply for the vaccine, especially in light of the recent increase in cases across the country.
Egypt reported 184 new coronavirus cases and eight deaths on Sunday.
As of August 10, 3.9 percent of the population had received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 1.9 percent were fully vaccinated, according to World Health Organization data.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm
IMAGE: A vial labelled “Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine” placed on displayed Moderna logo is seen in this illustration picture taken March 24, 2021.