The first batch of raw materials to produce two million doses of China’s Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines has been delivered to Egypt, the Chinese embassy in Egypt disclosed on Sunday.
On May 9, Egyptian Health Minister, Hala Zayed said Egypt will start to locally produce the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine on June at the plants of the Egyptian Holding Company for Biological Products and Vaccines (VACSERA).
“VACSERA will produce more than 5 million doses of Sinovac vaccine in two months, and 40 million doses within a year,” Zayed said at a news conference.
The minister described the arrival of the shipment of the raw materials and vaccines as ushering in “a new chapter of bilateral ties,” that will boost cooperation in medical technology transfer.
Chinese Ambassador to Egypt, Liao Liqiang said the production of the vaccines in Egypt “is very important for the early prevail over the pandemic not only in Egypt, but also in the whole African continent.”
The vaccines are expected to be exported to other countries in the Middle East and Africa after meeting Egypt’s own needs according to the health minister.
Egypt also received a new shipment of China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines on Friday.