The Egyptian government on Thursday launched its mass vaccination campaign against the coronavirus, which will begin after vaccinating medical staff in the elderly and people with chronic diseases.
Health Minister Hala Zayed has assured that since Sunday, when the government made an online register possible, around 153,000 people have asked for the vaccination so that patients with chronic diseases and the elderly can be vaccinated.
The country has 40 vaccination centers that will expand as the country receives more vaccines, Zayed said in a statement that went to one of these facilities with Prime Minister Mostafá Madbouli, according to Egyptian state television.
The African country has received 400,000 doses of vaccines, most of them from China, although there are also 50,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines.
“We are working to increase the number of citizens receiving doses of the various vaccines,” Madbouli assured, without specifying the fronts the government is investigating.
The country has so far recorded 184,168 pandemic cases and 10,882 deaths, according to official figures, although the real numbers are believed to be significantly higher due to the small number of detection tests and the high number of infected people treated at home .