Dr. Hala Zayed, Minister of Health and Population, confirmed that the shipment of vaccines received by Egypt at dawn today, Tuesday, amounting to 300 thousand doses of the emerging corona virus vaccine produced by “Sinopharma, a gift from the People’s Republic of China to the Arab Republic of Egypt,” reflects the extent of solidarity between the two friendly countries, as it headed The Minister thanked the Chinese ambassador and the Chinese government for their keenness to supply Egypt with batches of vaccines to confront the Coronavirus pandemic.
This came during a press conference held by the Minister of Health and Population and Chinese Ambassador to Egypt, Liao Liqing, today, Tuesday, at the Ministry’s general office, in the presence of Dr. Muhammad Hassani, Assistant Minister of Health and Population for public health initiatives.
The minister pointed out that the phone call that took place yesterday evening between President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Chinese President Xi Jinping reflects the strength of the relations between the leaders of the two countries, and affirms the solidarity and cooperation between the two friendly countries and peoples.
The minister referred to the cooperation between Egypt and China in facing the emerging Corona virus pandemic, through the exchange of medical aid shipments between the two countries, as the Egyptian people showed their solidarity with the Chinese people since the start of the crisis in the State of China, by sending Egypt shipments of preventive supplies and a message of solidarity from the President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to the Chinese people, and the Ministry of Health also received large shipments of medical and preventive supplies from China, which had a great impact in protecting hospital medical teams from infection with the virus, and the minister also indicated her keenness to meet with officials of the Chinese Ministry of Health when she visited China in Last year, which contributed to exchanging experiences and getting acquainted with the Chinese experience in facing the Coronavirus and setting treatment protocols, stressing that this cooperation contributes to strengthening the health systems in the two countries.
The Minister of Health and Population announced the opening of the website, starting next Sunday, to register citizens of the deserving categories of the elderly and those with chronic diseases from the age of 40 years, to receive Corona virus vaccines, as the website allows citizens to include 3 medical reports to determine the health status of citizens. Automatically determines the priority to receive the vaccine, and a text message is sent to citizens with the time and place to receive the vaccine, sign a medical examination to measure vital functions, receive the first dose of the vaccine and receive a follow-up card to receive the second dose.
The minister indicated that 40 centers have been designated for citizens to receive the vaccine in the 27 governorates nationwide, in which vaccines are distributed gradually, stressing that with successive payments, the targeted groups of citizens will be expanded to obtain the vaccine.
Zayed stated that the “Sinopharma” vaccine had obtained the approval of the Egyptian emergency from the Egyptian Medicines Authority, as it had proven effective 86% in preventing the emerging corona virus, 99% in producing antibodies to the virus, and 100% in preventing access to moderate and severe cases, pointing to The Scientific Committee to Combat Coronavirus has set priorities for obtaining vaccines, including the vaccines “Sinopharma, Sinovac and AstraZenka”.
Zayed continued that 100 million doses of the emerging coronavirus vaccines were contracted, through the ministry’s agreement with the International Alliance for Serums and Vaccines, Jaffe, in addition to the ministry’s contract with some companies, pointing out that Egypt is about to receive 8.6 million doses of vaccines within days. This is out of the 40 million doses that Jaffe will supply to Egypt over the current year.
For his part, the Chinese ambassador to Egypt, “Liao Li Zhang”, thanked Dr. Hala Zayed, Minister of Health and Population, for her efforts to strengthen cooperation between Egypt and China during the response to the new Corona virus pandemic, appreciating Egypt’s wise management to confront the pandemic.
The Chinese ambassador also referred to the telephone conversation that took place yesterday between President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt and Chinese President Xi Jinping, which reflects the strength of the relationship and affirms the solidarity and cooperation between the two friendly countries, appreciating the Minister of Health and Permanent Population’s communication with the Chinese side, and her visit last year to The People’s Republic of China is carrying a message of solidarity from President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to the Chinese people.
He also expressed his appreciation for the lighting of Egyptian landmarks in conjunction with the minister’s visit to the state of China and Egypt’s sending of aid shipments of preventive supplies to the state of China, stressing China’s keenness to support Egypt during the response to the Coronavirus pandemic, in response to the favor that Egypt offered to China at the beginning of the pandemic.
The Chinese ambassador mentioned that despite the global demand for Coronavirus vaccines, China is keen to make vaccines a public benefit and support friendly developing countries in the protection and health of their people, stressing that Egypt is the first Arab and African country that China is keen to support with shipments of vaccines, within the framework of further strengthening relations. That brings the two countries and two peoples together on the ground.
The Chinese ambassador affirmed Egypt’s wise ability to overcome the Coronavirus crisis thanks to the management and directives of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, wishing more progress, prosperity and economic and social growth for the two friendly countries.
It is reported that 300 thousand doses of the new Corona virus vaccines produced by the Chinese company (Sinopharma) were received at Cairo International Airport, as a gift from the People’s Republic of China to the Arab Republic of Egypt, where the receipt was signed by Major General Wael Al-Sai, Assistant Minister of Health for Financial and Administrative Affairs and the Ambassador Chinese to Egypt, “Liao Li Chang.”