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No third jab required for vaccines in Egypt: Official

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Egypt’s Ministry of Health and Population in Egypt said Wednesday that none of the vaccines being used in its vaccination campaign require a third dosage.

The Undersecretary of the ministry for Preventive Medicine Affairs Mohamed Abdel-Fattah explained that the Sinopharm vaccine is two doses with 21 days in between, AstraZeneca is two doses with 12 weeks inbetween, and the only one with a single dose is the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The vaccines used in the drive are safe and effective, he assured, and implored all citizens to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

All vaccines that have received emergency approval are safe and have gone through all review processes, he explained.

Through the Egyptian Drug Authority‎, Egypt has granted five vaccines an emergency license, he said, all of which have been safely approved.

Egypt’s vaccination campaign that began in January is still working to vaccinate medical staff, people over the age of 65, and those with chronic illnesses, but registration for the jab is open to all.

Egypt is currently using China’s Sinopharm vaccine and the UK’s AstraOxford vaccine. The Ministry of Health announced that it will soon begin producing Russia’s Sputnik V and China’s Sinovac vaccines at Vacsera.

Egypt’s Health Ministry on Tuesday announced 1,003 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total up to 224,517.

The total number of COVID-19-related deaths has now reached 13,168 nationwide, after the ministry announced 61 deaths.

And 765 patients were discharged from quarantine at isolation hospitals, raising Egypt’s total number of fully-recovered cases to 168,665.

Case numbers began creeping up in March and are back to second wave peak levels. Egyptian officials have speculated that a third wave of the virus will hit during or after the month of Ramadan, which began on April 13.




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