Egypt produces 1 million vaccines, eyes self-sufficiency

Egypt produces 1 million vaccines, eyes self-sufficiency
People wait to receive the Covid-19 vaccine at a mass immunization venue in Cairo on June 2, 2021. (Reuters)
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Updated 06 July 2021

Egypt produces 1 million vaccines, eyes self-sufficiency

Egypt produces 1 million vaccines, eyes self-sufficiency
  • VACSERA officials presented to PM Madbouly plans to produce more than 200 million doses by the end of the year
  • Madbouly inspected the production lines of the vaccine at the VACSERA Agouza factory, set up in cooperation with the Chinese company Sinovac

CAIRO: Egypt has produced 1 million coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines and the Egyptian Holding Company for Biological Products and Vaccines (VACSERA) factory can produce 300,000 doses per shift, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly told a press conference on Tuesday.

He said that Egypt had succeeded in managing the COVID-19 crisis by limiting the spread of the virus and making agreements with parties to obtain or produce vaccines.

VACSERA officials presented to Madbouly plans to produce more than 200 million doses by the end of the year, which would be enough to achieve the Egyptian goal of vaccinating 40 million citizens and allocating surplus production to export to allied countries.

Madbouly inspected the production lines of the vaccine at the VACSERA Agouza factory, set up in cooperation with the Chinese company Sinovac.

“We asked the Chinese partner to produce 80 million vaccine doses by the end of the year, which means doubling the required quantities,” Madbouly said.

Health Minister Hala Zayed said that another 2 million doses of the vaccine will be produced within the coming days.

She said the new doses passed 11 phases of tests over six weeks before heading to the manufacturing stage, followed by stability studies.

Zayed said coordination with Beijing began in June last year with the participation of the Chinese Embassy. 

This communication continued, she said, until an agreement to manufacture and transfer the technology was signed between VACSERA and Chinese company Sinovac at the Egyptian Cabinet headquarters in April this year.

She highlighted the World Health Organization’s praise during its visit to the VACSERA factory for the quality and efficiency of the lines equipped for vaccine production.

This step, she said, qualifies Egypt to become a leader in the field of vaccine production ahead of exports within the continent and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa after achieving self-sufficiency.

Mohamed Awad Taj El-Din, advisor to the president for health and preventive affairs, said Egypt is qualified to become a center at the African and Middle Eastern level for the production of COVID-19 vaccines along with other jabs.

He referred to President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s directives to localize the vaccine production industry with the help of foreign expertise.

He said Africa is still suffering from many diseases and pandemics and is in dire need of support, adding that Egypt is providing assistance with its scientific, technical and health expertise.

Taj El-Din said the strong and deep relations between Egypt and China facilitated the importing of raw materials and manufacturing the jabs in Egypt.

He said there is no shortage of COVID-19 medicines, adding that there is no supply risk for vaccines or medicines manufactured out of the country as Egyptian companies can produce them.


Egypt seeks to strengthen relations with Libya

Egypt seeks to strengthen relations with Libya
Updated 56 min 2 sec ago

Egypt seeks to strengthen relations with Libya

Egypt seeks to strengthen relations with Libya
  • During a meeting in New York with Mohamed El-Menfi, chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya, Shoukry reiterated Egypt’s full support
  • Shoukry praised the efforts of the Libyan House of Representatives in preparing the electoral law as an important step toward holding presidential and parliamentary elections

CAIRO: Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has affirmed his country’s keenness to strengthen relations with neighboring Libya.

This follows visits by officials from both sides and last week’s meeting of the Egyptian-Libyan Joint Higher Committee in Cairo.

During a meeting in New York with Mohamed El-Menfi, chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya, Shoukry reiterated Egypt’s full support for efforts to meet the aspirations of the Libyan people, stabilize the country and develop its various regions. 

Shoukry praised the efforts of the Libyan House of Representatives in preparing the electoral law as an important step toward holding presidential and parliamentary elections.

He also affirmed Egypt’s firm support for the preservation of Libyan sovereignty and opposition to foreign interference.


Iran says nuclear talks with world powers to resume in few weeks

Abbas Araghchi (C-L), political deputy at Iran’s Foreign Ministry, and Iran’s Governor to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Kazem Gharib Abadi (C-R) are returning to the ‘Grand Hotel Wien’ during closed-door nuclear talks in Vienna. (File/AFP)
Abbas Araghchi (C-L), political deputy at Iran’s Foreign Ministry, and Iran’s Governor to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Kazem Gharib Abadi (C-R) are returning to the ‘Grand Hotel Wien’ during closed-door nuclear talks in Vienna. (File/AFP)
Updated 21 September 2021

Iran says nuclear talks with world powers to resume in few weeks

Abbas Araghchi (C-L), political deputy at Iran’s Foreign Ministry, and Iran’s Governor to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Kazem Gharib Abadi (C-R) are returning to the ‘Grand Hotel Wien’ during closed-door nuclear talks in Vienna. (File/AFP)
  • World powers held six rounds of indirect talks between the US and Iran in Vienna
  • The talks stopped in June, pending the start of Iran’s new government

DUBAI: Iran said on Tuesday that talks with world powers over reviving its 2015 nuclear deal would resume in a few weeks, the official Iranian news agency IRNA reported.
“Every meeting requires prior coordination and the preparation of an agenda. As previously emphasized, the Vienna talks will resume soon and over the next few weeks,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said, according to IRNA.
The world powers held six rounds of indirect talks between the United States and Iran in Vienna to try and work out how both can return to compliance with the nuclear pact, which was abandoned by former US President Donald Trump in 2018.
The Vienna talks were adjourned in June after hard-liner Ebrahim Raisi was elected Iran’s president and took office in August.
Ministers from Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia will not meet jointly with Iran at the United Nations this week to discuss a return to the talks, European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told reporters on Monday.
But Khatibzadeh said Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian would meet individually with ministers from those countries on the sidelines of the annual UN gathering of world leaders and the nuclear deal and the Vienna talks would be among the main topics under discussion, IRNA reported.


Libya’s eastern parliament pulls confidence from unity government

Libya’s eastern parliament pulls confidence from unity government
Updated 21 September 2021

Libya’s eastern parliament pulls confidence from unity government

Libya’s eastern parliament pulls confidence from unity government

TRIPOLI: Libya’s eastern-based parliament said on Tuesday it had withdrawn confidence from the unity government, though it would continue to operate as a caretaker administration.
The vote in the House of Representatives exemplifies the wrangling between rival factions and state bodies that has plagued UN-backed efforts to resolve Libya’s decade-long crisis by establishing a unity government and holding national elections.
In 2014, eastern and western factions split Libya in two in a civil war, with an internationally recognized government in Tripoli and a rival administration backed by the House of Representatives in the east.
Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah’s unity government was selected through a UN-sponsored dialogue and his government was installed by the House of Representatives in March.
Dbeibeh has a mandate to unify state institutions, improve government services and prepare for national presidential and parliamentary elections.
However, on Tuesday, after parliament summoned Dbeibeh and his ministers to answer questions this month, 89 of the 113 members present voted to withdraw confidence in him, the chamber’s spokesman and several other parliament members said.
There was no immediate comment from the government.
The UN forum decided that presidential and parliamentary elections should take place on Dec. 24, but disagreements now rage over the legal basis for the votes and the laws that will govern them.
This month, parliamentary speaker Aguila Saleh said the House of Representatives had passed a law for the presidential election, though it did not hold a final vote on the bill.
The validity of that law was promptly challenged by the High Council of State based in Tripoli, in the west, which produced its own, alternative election law.
The House of Representatives, which was elected seven years ago but divided when Libya split, has not yet produced a law for a parliamentary election. 


Egypt offers to host 2022 UN Climate Change Summit

Egypt offers to host 2022 UN Climate Change Summit
Updated 21 September 2021

Egypt offers to host 2022 UN Climate Change Summit

Egypt offers to host 2022 UN Climate Change Summit
  • El-Sisi’s announcement came during his virtual participation in the Heads of State and Government on Climate meeting

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has announced Egypt’s aspiration to host the UN Climate Change Summit in 2022 on behalf of Africa. Britain will host this year’s summit in Glasgow in November.

El-Sisi’s announcement came during his virtual participation in the Heads of State and Government on Climate meeting on the sidelines of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly.

During the meeting, he stressed the importance of developed countries shouldering their responsibilities within the framework of the Paris Agreement and the UN Convention on Climate Change.

He also stressed the need to deal seriously with any unilateral measures that contribute to exacerbating the consequences of climate change, including construction of dams on international rivers without agreement with downstream countries.


El-Sisi: Egypt seeks comprehensive political solution to Yemeni crisis

El-Sisi: Egypt seeks comprehensive political solution to Yemeni crisis
Updated 21 September 2021

El-Sisi: Egypt seeks comprehensive political solution to Yemeni crisis

El-Sisi: Egypt seeks comprehensive political solution to Yemeni crisis

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi affirmed his country’s support all efforts to reach a comprehensive political solution to the Yemeni crisis.

Egyptian presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said Yemen’s Defense Minister Muhammad Ali Al-Maqdashi conveyed the greetings of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to El-Sisi and praised bilateral cooperation in all fields, especially military and security.

Radi added that El-Sisi asked to convey his greetings to Hadi and stressed the need for a solution that achieves Yemeni stability and unity, meets its people’s aspirations and ends foreign interference in the country.

El-Sisi said Egypt will spare no effort to assist Yemen in achieving these goals.