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US donates additional 1.6 million COVID-19 Pfizer vaccines to Egypt
US Ambassador to Cairo Jonathan Cohen noted, “I am so pleased to celebrate the arrival of this vaccine shipment, the second direct donation of 1.6 million doses of Pfizer from the people of the United States to the people of Egypt. This is part of more than 8 million Pfizer vaccine doses the United States is sending to Egypt. Today’s vaccine donation underscores our continuing commitment to support Egypt through this global health crisis.”
Nehal Samir October 17, 2021 Comments Off

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gypt received a second shipment of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines from the United States. The shipment of an additional 1.6 million Pfizer doses is part of a 500-million-dose donation from the US to the countries of the African Union through COVAX. and will help protect Egyptians from COVID-19 and prevent the spread of the virus’s dangerous new strains.     
 US Ambassador to Cairo Jonathan Cohen noted, “I am so pleased to celebrate the arrival of this vaccine shipment, the second direct donation of 1.6 million doses of Pfizer from the people of the United States to the people of Egypt. This is part of more than 8 million Pfizer vaccine doses the United States is sending to Egypt. Today’s vaccine donation underscores our continuing commitment to support Egypt through this global health crisis.”
  Naeema Al Gasseer, WHO representative in Egypt stated, “the arrival of the second shipment of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines to Egypt from the United States is yet another act of solidarity and cooperation towards reaching the goal of 40% vaccination coverage and helping vaccinate the most at-risk population especially the front-line health workers.”  
“Reliable cold chain is essential to keeping vaccines effective. The procurement and delivery of Pfizer vaccines prompted many countries including Egypt to upgrade their cold chain equipment to keep up with the new technology requiring ultra-cold conditions. So far, we have successfully delivered and installed 20 ultra-low temperature freezers in 6 governorates across the country. At UNICEF, we are pleased to be supporting Egypt in this upgrade and we would like to extend our thanks to the COVAX donors who make this possible, so that more vaccines can be delivered while preserving their potency to protect the people in Egypt and to keep them safe from COVID-19”, said UNICEF Representative in Egypt, Jeremy Hopkins.  
US cooperation with Egypt in fighting the pandemic is wide-ranging. At the outset of the pandemic, Egypt sent medical supplies to the United States. The US government, through USAID, has provided more than $55m to support Egypt’s coronavirus response, already reaching nearly 18 million people with needed health and economic support. USAID programs train health care workers, improve tracking of and response to the pandemic, provide food assistance to families affected by the pandemic, and support small businesses.
Just this week, the US Government announced an additional $5m in assistance to Egypt to support health workers administering vaccines and strengthen the supply chain for vaccines. This support builds on more than $1bn in the United States has invested over the past 40 years to improve the health of all Egyptians.  
These Pfizer doses will be swiftly dispatched to Ministry of Health and Population facilities in Cairo, Port Said, Daqahlya, Behaira, Luxor, and Assiut, and stored in UNICEF-funded ultra-cold storage equipment used exclusively for the Pfizer vaccine.
Topics: COVID-19 Pfizer US
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