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Egypt: 'There is nothing to be afraid of' - medic after receiving one of country's first COVID jabs02:38

Egypt: 'There is nothing to be afraid of' - medic after receiving one of country's first COVID jabs

Egypt, Ismailia
January 25, 2021 at 00:08 GMT +00:00 · Published

Health staff at Abu Khalifa hospital in Ismailia governorate received the first jabs as Egypt began its COVID-19 vaccination campaign on Sunday. The event was livestreamed for the press.

The first two healthcare workers to receive the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine, as well as the Egyptian Minister of Health Hala Zayed, then addressed the crowd and reassured them on the vaccination process.

"The process is normal and there is nothing to be afraid of," said clinical nurse specialist Ahmed Hemdan Zayed.

"Clinical trials have shown that the effectiveness of the vaccine reaches 89 percent in the production of antibodies, 99 percent in terms of protection and 100 percent protection from severe or violent symptoms of coronavirus. This vaccine is an inactivated vaccine, which means that it is the true coronavirus, but it has been inactivated," explained Zayed.

In this phase of inoculation, Egypt is using China's Sinophorma COVID-19 vaccine, of which 50,000 doses arrived in the country in late December.

Egypt also secured 40 million doses of one of the coronavirus vaccines for 20 million citizens, via the vaccine alliance GAVI.

Egypt: 'There is nothing to be afraid of' - medic after receiving one of country's first COVID jabs02:38
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Health staff at Abu Khalifa hospital in Ismailia governorate received the first jabs as Egypt began its COVID-19 vaccination campaign on Sunday. The event was livestreamed for the press.

The first two healthcare workers to receive the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine, as well as the Egyptian Minister of Health Hala Zayed, then addressed the crowd and reassured them on the vaccination process.

"The process is normal and there is nothing to be afraid of," said clinical nurse specialist Ahmed Hemdan Zayed.

"Clinical trials have shown that the effectiveness of the vaccine reaches 89 percent in the production of antibodies, 99 percent in terms of protection and 100 percent protection from severe or violent symptoms of coronavirus. This vaccine is an inactivated vaccine, which means that it is the true coronavirus, but it has been inactivated," explained Zayed.

In this phase of inoculation, Egypt is using China's Sinophorma COVID-19 vaccine, of which 50,000 doses arrived in the country in late December.

Egypt also secured 40 million doses of one of the coronavirus vaccines for 20 million citizens, via the vaccine alliance GAVI.