Egypt is considering administering a third dose of coronavirus vaccination, in anticipation of virus mutations that have appeared in other countries, Advisor to the Egyptian President for Health Affairs Mohamed Awad Tag Eddin.
Tag Eddin added, in a telephone interview on MBC Masr on Wednesday evening, that China has announced that those who received two doses of its Sinopharm vaccine must receive a third dose.
The United Arab Emirates, one of the first countries to use Sinopharm, announced earlier this week that it will be administering booster shots of the vaccine.
Tag Eddin assured that that the government is carefully handling the Egypt’s pandemic situation and vaccine campaign.
“Before Eid, [Egypt] was going to enter a critical stage with regard to the coronavirus pandemic in Egypt,” he said, adding that demand for hospitals and critical cases increased in an alarming manner.
He said that the government restrictions and closures have contributed to the decrease in the number of new cases, pointing out that extending the precautionary measures is required for stability.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm