Egypt's capital sets up new vaccination centers at Cairo Metro stations
The Xinhua reported that Egypt's Health Ministry announced on Sunday that the country has set up new vaccination centers at Cairo Metro stations to allow more people to take COVID-19 vaccines and ease pressure on medical centers.
The vaccination centers stationed at Cairo Metro stations have started receiving commuters who are willing to register for or take the COVID-19 vaccines, said Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar, minister of higher education and scientific research and acting minister of health.
The campaign is being carried out in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport, Abdel-Ghaffar said, adding up to 97 registration centers have been allocated at metro stations.
He added that vaccination centers will be installed in all metro stations in Cairo as well as train stations in several provinces, including Giza, Minya, Qena and Alexandria.
The minister said that vaccination centers will also be set up in a number of commercial markets and shopping malls.
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Transport Hamad Abdel-Hady said the vaccination centers have witnessed a large turnout.
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At the Sadat subway station in Cairo, dozens of commuters lined up in front of the vaccination center.
Mostafa El-Sayed, a 42-year-old accountant, said he learned about the vaccination campaign from a local TV program, noting it is a good step by the government to vaccinate the largest possible number of people.
He said: "These new centers will facilitate the campaign and help more people get vaccinated.
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Egypt is currently administrating Sinopharm, Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Sputnik and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.
Egypt's state-owned vaccine maker VACSERA and Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac signed an agreement in April to jointly manufacture the Sinovac vaccines in VACSERA's factory in the North African country.
The country has managed to vaccinate about 24 million people against COVID-19, with plans to vaccinate 40 million out of its around 100 million population by the end of 2021, according to Egyptian officials.