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Unvaccinated citizens to be denied entry to any government facility starting December

Starting December, no citizen will be allowed to enter any Egyptian government facility without being vaccinated, the Higher Committee for the Management of the Coronavirus Crisis announced.

The committee stated it will also ban any employee who did not receive the vaccine from entering their workplace after November 15, unless they will have to conduct a PCR test every week.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly on Sunday chaired the meeting of the Higher Committee for the Management of the Coronavirus Crisis in the presence of a number of ministers and officials.

Madbouly stressed the importance of expediting the provision of vaccines to citizens in all governorates.

It was also decided to reopen mosque toilets for worshipers while adhering to precautionary measures.

The committee allocated one billion pounds for coronavirus expenditures.

During the meeting, Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed presented a report on the current situation of the coronavirus in Egypt and the world, and efforts to provide vaccines to confront the pandemic.

Zayed said the amount of vaccines that have provided so far reached about 63.2 million doses, and all types of vaccines that were contracted and supplied – an increase of about 2.7 million doses compared to last week.

She added that Egypt is expected to receive later in October 7.8 million new doses of the AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Johnson and Pfizer vaccines, in addition to two million doses that will be manufactured weekly in cooperation between the Chinese company Sinovac and the Egyptian national company of VACCERA.

Zayed stressed the state is keen on providing the logistics for the circulation of vaccines inside Egypt to ensure its safety.

She also announced that received several four-wheel drive vehicles specially equipped to transport vaccines in cooperation with UNICEF have been received.

The capacity of each vehicle is 4.2 m3 of vaccines.

These cars will have a vital role in transporting vaccines to the border and remote governorates, she explained.

In addition, cold chains were prepared to receive shipments of the Pfizer vaccine, as five freezers with a capacity of two million doses were added to Helwan warehouses to be ready to receive a shipment of 1.6 million doses.

Zayed confirmed the expansion of vaccination centers across Egypt, noting that the total doses provided to citizens in Egypt has so far reached about 31.7 million doses.

She said that centers will be provided to vaccinate citizens in large gatherings, such as mosques on Fridays, as well as churches on Sundays, as well as in courts, and traffic, real estate, and other facilities that witness the largest number of citizens.

The ministry’s hospitals have been supplied with the necessary equipment to deal with cases infected with the virus to provide the required medical care for them, which includes 2,750 oxygen cylinders, Zayed added.

The ministry has a reserve stock of oxygen  of 3.3 million liters, in addition to 233 ventilators, 761 intensive care beds, 247 defibrillators, 106 electrocardiographs, and other equipment.

Through the “Together We Rest Assured” awareness campaign, 250,245 citizens were registered on the ministry’s website to receive the coronavirus vaccine, she said.

And Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel Ghaffar presented a report on the readiness of university hospitals, the position of the strategic oxygen reserve, and the executive position of vaccination of workers, students and faculty members in universities.

He explained that about 1.2 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine were provided in universities, until October 16, to faculty members and their assistants, as well as workers and students, through 302 vaccination centers in 60 universities.

Abdul Ghaffar added that 26 hospitals affiliated to 18 universities have been designated to provide health and treatment isolation services for the infected, equipped with about 1,637 beds, 700 intensive care rooms, and 526 respirators.

Another 36 hospitals are ready to enter service at any time.

These hospitals are affiliated with 19 universities, and are equipped with 6,397 beds, 712 intensive care rooms, and 902 respirators.

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