Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly stressed that citizens who have not been vaccinated are not allowed to enter any government facilities, noting that the state has provided all types of vaccines and that there are millions of doses currently in the country.
Madbouly’s remarks came during the weekly Cabinet meeting, in which Acting Minister of Health and Population Khaled Abdel Ghaffar presented a report on the latest developments regarding the coronavirus and the epidemiological situation at the local and global level.
Abdel Ghaffar said that the rate of Omicron infections has increased since November 2021.
The minister also referred to the report issued by the World Health Organisation that compares the different variants of the coronavirus. The report said that the Omicron variant is accompanied by an increase in spreading rates, however, it is less likely to be severe or lead to hospitalisation.
Moreover, the WHO asserted that the Omicron variant can be detected using a PCR test.
Meanwhile, Abdel Ghaffar explained that the total amount of vaccines that have been acquired so far has reached 132,105 million doses of various vaccines — whether fully manufactured or in raw materials.
In this regard, the minister said that 36,678 million first doses, 24,194 million second doses, and 489,752 booster shots have been administered in the country in total.
Abdel Ghaffar also mentioned the cooperation agreement that was signed between the Holding Company for Vaccines and Biological Preparations (VACSERA) and Sinovac Biotech to establish a fully automated logistical refrigeration complex within the VACSERA complex in Sixth of October City to preserve vaccines and raw materials.
The complex boasts a capacity of 150 million doses and an automatic control system. It also has electronic monitoring systems and 24-hour temperature monitoring systems, and is expected to be completed within six months.