Egypt to provide 20 million doses of coronavirus vaccine

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Egyptians Ministry of Health advises its people to be careful and follow preventive measures to avoid the spread of the virus until the vaccines are in place and the inoculation process begins. (AFP)
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A man wearing a protective face mask goes out as evangelicals pray at Kasr El-Dobara church during evangelical Christmas Eve, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Cairo, Egypt January 5, 2021. (REUTERS)
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Updated 09 January 2021

Egypt to provide 20 million doses of coronavirus vaccine

Egypt to provide 20 million doses of coronavirus vaccine
  • “The number of cases in Egypt is less than those in many countries, although we are currently experiencing the second wave of the virus”

CAIRO: Egypt is providing 20 million coronavirus vaccine doses after signing an official agreement with a worldwide health foundation, according to a presidential adviser.

Mohamed Awad Taj El-Din said that contact had been made with Gavi for supplies of the jab.

“The Egyptian state, with all its bodies, has been following up on COVID-19 vaccines continuously since the announcement of the first vaccine,” said the adviser. “There is an agreement signed by Egypt with Gavi, which is entrusted with distributing vaccines worldwide and approving vaccines with the World Health Organization.”

The provision of vaccines required many approvals and clinical trials of the vaccines had taken place in Egypt, he added. There were Chinese, UK and US vaccines and the country already had an existing quantity of vaccines and prioritized their distribution.

El-Din said that, until the coronavirus vaccines were provided and the inoculation process began, people must be careful and follow preventive measures to avoid the spread of the virus.

The adviser pointed out the increase in the number of coronavirus cases and that the number announced by the Ministry of Health every night was also increasing. Some patients could be treated at home as a result of the experiences gained from the first wave in dealing with simple, stable cases among people who did not suffer from chronic diseases.

“The number of cases in Egypt is less than those in many countries, although we are currently experiencing the second wave of the virus.”

The Ministry of Health said that clinical tests of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine may soon begin in Egypt.

The number of cases in Egypt is less than those in many countries, although we are currently experiencing the second wave of the virus.

Mohamed Awad Taj El-Din, Egyptian official

“The scientific committee submitted its report to Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly regarding Egypt's priorities in obtaining vaccines, using the Chinese Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines and then the AstraZeneca Oxford vaccine as a second option,” assistant minister of health and population for public health initiatives, Mohamed Hassani, said.

“We started the contract for the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine, whose experiments were conducted in Egypt, and we received its first shipments of 50,000 doses. During the coming period we will receive other shipments, and then we will contract with the International Vaccine Federation to provide 20 percent of our AstraZeneca vaccine needs,” Hassani added. “We now have the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine and the AstraZeneca vaccine, in addition to the Russian Sputnik vaccine that has been submitted to the Ministry of Health’s clinical research file, and it is assumed that they will soon start clinical studies in Egypt.”

The CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, Kirill Dmitriev, previously said that there was a possibility of starting production of the Sputnik V vaccine in both Egypt and Algeria.

On Sept. 30, the fund concluded an agreement with pharmaceutical company Pharco to provide Egypt with 25 million doses of Sputnik V, the world’s first registered coronavirus vaccine.

 


Iranian Guard holds anti-warship ballistic missile drill

Iranian Guard holds anti-warship ballistic missile drill
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Iranian Guard holds anti-warship ballistic missile drill

Iranian Guard holds anti-warship ballistic missile drill
  • Footage showed two missiles smash into a target that Iranian state television described as “hypothetical hostile enemy ships”
  • In recent weeks, Iran has increased its military drills as the country tries to pressure President-elect Joe Biden over the nuclear accord

TEHRAN, Iran: Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard conducted a drill Saturday launching anti-warship ballistic missiles at a simulated target in the Indian Ocean, state television reported, amid heightened tensions over Tehran’s nuclear program and a US pressure campaign against the Islamic Republic.
Footage showed two missiles smash into a target that Iranian state television described as “hypothetical hostile enemy ships” at a distance of 1,800 kilometers (1,120 miles). The report did not specify the type of missiles used.
In the first phase of the drill Friday, the Guard’s aerospace division launched surface-to-surface ballistic missiles and drones against “hypothetical enemy bases.” Iranian state television described the drill as taking place in the country’s vast central desert, the latest in a series of snap exercises called amid the escalating tensions over its nuclear program. Footage also showed four unmanned, triangle-shaped drones flying in a tight formation, smashing into targets and exploding.
Tensions between Washington and Tehran have increased amid a series of incidents stemming from President Donald Trump’s unilateral withdrawal from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers. Amid Trump’s final days as president, Tehran has recently seized a South Korean oil tanker and begun enriching uranium closer to weapons-grade levels, while the US has sent B-52 bombers, the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier and a nuclear submarine into the region.
In recent weeks, Iran has increased its military drills as the country tries to pressure President-elect Joe Biden over the nuclear accord, which he has said America could reenter.
Iran fired cruise missiles Thursday as part of a naval drill in the Gulf of Oman, state media reported, under surveillance of what appeared to be a US nuclear submarine. Iran’s navy did not identify the submarine at the time, but on Saturday, a news website affiliated with state television said the vessel was American. Helicopter footage of the exercise released Thursday by Iran’s navy showed what resembled an Ohio-class guided-missile submarine, the USS Georgia, which the US Navy last month said had been sent to the Arabian Gulf.
Iran has missile capability of up to 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles), far enough to reach archenemy Israel and US military bases in the region. Last January, after the US killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad, Tehran retaliated by firing a barrage of ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing US troops, resulting in brain concussion injuries to dozens of them.
Trump in 2018 unilaterally withdrew the US from Iran’s nuclear deal, in which Tehran had agreed to limit its uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. Trump cited Iran’s ballistic missile program among other issues in withdrawing from the accord.
When the US then increased sanctions, Iran gradually and publicly abandoned the deal’s limits on its nuclear development.