Airport staff unload the first batch of Chinese Sinovac vaccine raw materials from a plane at Cairo International Airport in Cairo, Egypt on May 21, 2021. Egypt received the first batch of raw materials to make Chinese Sinovac vaccine, the Chinese embassy in Egypt said on Sunday. In addition to Sinovac raw materials, a new shipment of Chinese Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines also arrived at Cairo International Airport on Friday, according to a statement from the Chinese Embassy. (Xinhua / Sui Xiankai)
CAIRO, May 23 (Xinhua) – Egypt has received the first batch of raw materials to manufacture China’s Sinovac vaccine, the Chinese embassy in Egypt said on Sunday.
In addition to Sinovac raw materials, a new shipment of Chinese Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines also arrived at Cairo International Airport on Friday, according to a statement from the Chinese Embassy.
On May 9, Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed said Egypt would start producing the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine locally in June and the first 2 million doses would be produced at the holding company’s factories. Egyptian for Biologics and Vaccines (VACSERA).
The local final product will be distributed to medical centers across Egypt in two months after being evaluated by the Egyptian Medicines Authority, Zayed said at a press conference at the airport.
“VACSERA will produce more than 5 million doses of Sinovac vaccine in two months and 40 million doses in one year,” she said.
Zayed hailed the arrival of a new shipment of Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccine raw materials as marking “a new chapter in bilateral relations” and the best way to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries .
China has made a remarkable contribution to diversifying vaccine sources in Egypt and promoting the country’s economic recovery in the post-pandemic era, she said.
After meeting Egypt’s needs, vaccines produced in Egypt will be exported to other countries in the Middle East and Africa to help fight the pandemic, the Egyptian minister said.
The vaccine cooperation has laid a good foundation for Egypt and China to expand medical and health cooperation, Zayed said, adding that the two countries will strengthen cooperation in medical technology transfer and strive to achieve more results for the benefit of both peoples.
The joint efforts of the two countries in the fight against COVID-19 not only deepened the traditional friendship and mutual political trust, but also set an example for the international community, Zayed noted.
For his part, Chinese Ambassador to Egypt Liao Liqiang said that as Egypt received the raw materials for the Sinovac vaccine, it became the first country on the African continent to cooperate with China to produce the COVID vaccines. -19.
“This is very important for the rapid prevalence of the pandemic not only in Egypt, but also throughout the African continent and the Arab region,” Liao said.
China calls on the international community to lend more hand to Africa by providing epidemic prevention materials, drugs, technology and funds to ensure accessibility and affordability of vaccines, Liao said.
He reaffirmed that China has always been a strong supporter of Africa in the fight against the pandemic, an active participant in the development and revitalization of the continent and a strong advocate of peace and stability.
Egypt began vaccinating medical staff in government hospitals at the end of January with a COVID-19 vaccine made by another major Chinese drug maker Sinopharm, which is the first vaccine approved by the Egyptian Medicines Authority.
In early March, the most populous Arab country began vaccinating the elderly and chronically ill patients against the highly infectious coronavirus.
So far, Egypt has reported 252,690 cases of COVID-19, including 14,670 deaths and 186,223 recoveries. Enditem