Dr. Hala Zayed, Minister of Health and Population, confirmed that the Egyptian-Chinese relations are witnessing a lot of development, great coordination and constant communication thanks to the efforts of the political leadership, as the phone conversation between President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, and Chinese President Xi Jinping The president of the People’s Republic of China, the fruits of those constant shipments of doses Coronavirus vaccine From China to Egypt, the last of which was 300 thousand doses that arrived the day before yesterday at Cairo International Airport as a gift from the People’s Republic of China to the Arab Republic of Egypt.
This came during a press conference held by the Minister of Health and Population and the Chinese ambassador to Egypt, Liao Li Zhang, today, Monday, at the Ministry’s general office, in the presence of Major General Wael Al Sa’i, Assistant Minister of Health and Population for Financial and Administrative Affairs, and Dr. Mohamed Hassani, Assistant Minister of Health and Population for Public Health Initiatives, Dr. Mustafa Ghanima, Assistant Minister of Health and Population for Curative Medicine, Dr. Alaa Eid, Head of the Preventive Medicine Sector, and Dr. Nevin El-Nahhas, Head of the Central Department for Technical Support and Director of the Minister’s Technical Office.
The minister pointed out that the new Corona virus vaccine produced by the “Sinopharm” company has proven effective and safe in a large degree through scientific research, as the Minister thanked the People’s Republic of China and the Chinese government for its continuous support to Egypt during the response to the Coronavirus pandemic and its keenness to supply Egypt with batches of vaccines to confront a pandemic. Corona virus, which contributed to the start of the vaccination of eligible groups of medical staff and citizens of the elderly and people with chronic diseases.
The minister added that batches of Coronavirus vaccines will be received through the International Alliance for Vaccines and Serums (Gavi) within the (Kovax) agreement, during the next few days, and an agreement will be signed with the Chinese company (Sinopharm) to buy doses of the vaccine, confirming Egypt’s ability to Covering their needs for Coronavirus vaccine doses to vaccinate eligible groups of citizens.
The minister added that an agreement will be signed with the Chinese company (Sinovac) to start manufacturing the new Corona virus vaccines in Egypt, through the Holding Company for Biopharmaceuticals and Vaccines, “Vacsera”, pointing out that the World Health Organization had sent international experts to evaluate the performance of the company’s factories. Vacera “in preparation for the start of industrialization in Egypt and export to African countries.
The minister added that there are 17 Chinese vaccines in the process of clinical research to produce more emerging coronavirus vaccines, announcing that Egypt is seeking to participate in the clinical trials of these vaccines in its third phase, for the sake of humanity, through the Ministry of Health and Population team headed by Dr. Mohamed Hassani, Assistant Minister of Health. And the population for public health initiatives, as Egypt was one of the few countries that participated in clinical trials on vaccines worldwide, confirming that this type of solidarity participation helps the world produce more vaccines, which contributes to the advancement of health systems and the response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The minister also referred to the cooperation between Egypt and China in facing the emerging Corona virus pandemic, through the exchange of medical aid shipments between the two countries, as the Egyptian people showed their solidarity with the Chinese people since the start of the crisis in the State of China, by sending Egypt shipments of preventive supplies and a message of solidarity from President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to the Chinese people, and the Ministry of Health also received large shipments of medical and preventive supplies from China and from Chinese charitable institutions such as the Chinese (Alibaba) Company in cooperation with the Chinese government, which had a great impact in protecting hospital medical staff from infection with the virus.
The minister explained that the Coronavirus vaccines will be provided to citizens who will perform the Hajj during the current Hajj season 1442 AH, through the Hajj medical mission in coordination with the Ministry of Tourism, Interior and Social Solidarity.
The Minister stated that as soon as more vaccines are provided, all workers in the tourism, industrial and economic sectors will be vaccinated, in parallel with the completion of the vaccination of the elderly and people with chronic diseases, in the interest of the state to continue the rates of economic growth during the pandemic of the Corona virus, noting that the state Egypt is one of the few countries in the world that witnessed economic development and a decrease in unemployment rates during the period of the pandemic.
The minister also pointed out that the ministry is expanding in places designated for citizens to receive the new Corona virus vaccines at the level of the Republic, as more than 5,000 units and health centers, and more than 600 hospitals will be allocated to receive vaccines, at the level of the governorates of the Republic.
The minister added that the International Alliance is making a great effort to cooperate with the companies that manufacture the vaccines, the new Corona virus, to ensure that vaccines reach the people, noting that the agreement between Egypt and the International Union guarantees the provision of 20% of the state’s needs for vaccines, stressing the permanent coordination between the ministry and the international coalition and the organization UNICEF for the continuation of the great successes in the relationship.
The minister pointed out that 250,000 citizens will receive the Coronavirus vaccine from the elderly and people with chronic diseases, by the end of this week, adding that citizens who have received the new Corona virus vaccine can obtain electronic certificates proving that they have received the vaccine through the ministry’s website in both Arabic and English, As it is expected during the coming period to impose a condition of receiving vaccines on travelers, confirming the Ministry’s readiness to provide vaccines for the purpose of travel.
The Minister affirmed that Egypt is fully prepared to face the third wave of the Coronavirus, noting that there are daily meetings between directors of health directorates and hospital directors at the level of the governorates of the Republic to review all medical needs and the readiness of all hospitals nationwide, in addition to periodically training medical staff to deal with Coronavirus pandemic.
For his part, the Chinese ambassador stressed that the shipments of the Coronavirus vaccine that China is providing to Egypt reflects the strength and depth of the relations between the two friendly countries, pointing out that China has proven to be an essential partner for Egypt in facing the pandemic in order to preserve the health and safety of citizens, stressing Chinas full readiness to promote all Aspects of cooperation between the two countries to confront the pandemic, in a way that contributes to achieving more prosperity and progress for the two peoples.
The Chinese ambassador said that the cooperation between the two countries is an example to be emulated in relations based on solidarity and solidarity, as Egypt is the first Arab and African League to establish diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China 65 years ago, stressing the importance of continuing to strengthen cooperation with Egypt in the field of vaccine manufacturing out of the importance of Egypt and its role in the region, pointing to the continuous communication between “Vacsera” and Chinese companies to start manufacturing as soon as possible.
He pointed out that China has conducted clinical trials for 17 vaccines for the Coronavirus, in which more than 100,000 participants around the world have participated, and more than 60 countries in the world have granted them an emergency use license, pointing out that the Chinese government pays great attention to the safety and efficacy of vaccines in the first place according to the rules. And scientific instructions for the production of vaccines, adding that citizens in China have been vaccinated with 74 million and 956 doses without showing any serious symptoms on them.
It is noteworthy that Dr. Hala Zayed witnessed the signing ceremony of receiving 300 thousand doses of the emerging corona virus vaccines produced by the Chinese company (Sinopharma), which arrived the day before yesterday at Cairo International Airport as a gift from the People’s Republic of China to the Arab Republic of Egypt, and the receipt was signed by Major General Wael Al-Saei. Assistant Minister of Health and Population for Financial and Administrative Affairs, and Chinese Ambassador to Egypt Liao Lizhang.