Egypt to receive Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses

Egypt will receive American vaccine doses on Saturday to help boost its sluggish vaccination effort.

A shipment of 525,600 Johnson & Johnson doses will arrive via the African Export-Import Bank. It follows a previous delivery of 261,000 doses in August, the state-owned Al-Ahram news outlet reported.

Unlike other two-shot COVID-19 vaccines, the Johnson & Johnson vaccination is delivered via a single shot.

The Cairo-based African Export-Import Bank procured 220 million Johnson & Johnson doses in March for African countries. The African Union was also involved in the agreement, according to a press release.

Egypt’s vaccine rollout has been relatively slow so far, despite pledges from the government. Only around 6% of the Egyptian population has received a vaccine dose, according to the Oxford-based Our World in Data.

Egypt is averaging 263 confirmed coronavirus cases a day. This is well below June’s historic high of more than 1,600 cases a day, according to Reuters. Egypt’s population is more than 100 million.

China’s Sinovac vaccine is also being produced in Egypt, according to Al-Ahram.

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