Egypt to launch vaccine passports next week

EGYPT – The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population has announced that it is launching a health passport to detect vaccine evaders, starting next week in cooperation with the Ministry of Communications.

The ministry said in a statement that this electronic health passport will be used at airports to determine a person’s position on the COVID-19 vaccine.

It explained that the health passport will use three colors: red will indicate a person is unvaccinated, yellow that they have received one dose and green that they have received two doses.

It is not possible to forge or fake these certificates due to the presence of the serial number which bears QR code with the date of vaccination and the name of the vaccine, the ministry added.

Egypt’s Ministry of Health and Population on Monday reported 771 new coronavirus cases, 33 deaths, and 700 recoveries.

A total of 307,569 cases have been disclosed in Egypt, alongside 17,469 deaths and 259,647 recoveries. The Ministry of Health reiterated warning against a fourth wave of the coronavirus in Egypt, stressing that everyone should adhere to precautionary measures.

The ministry stated that there are 10 million citizens registered on the ministry’s website to receive the vaccine, 7.5 million of whom have received at least one dose.

Egypt has provided many vaccines either through the VACSERA factories or imported vaccines. In respect to this, the country expects to receive over eight million doses of the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines as a gift from the USA.

 During a press conference, Health Minister Hala Zayed, said that this shipment of vaccines is a valuable gift not only in terms of financial value but as a positive message that the US government to the Egyptian people and government at this difficult time worldwide.

So far, we have received 1.6 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and in the coming days we will receive other doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, totaling eight million doses by the end of this month,” Zayed said.

A total of 16,223,309 vaccine doses have been administrated in Egypt as of September 27, according to World Health Organization data.

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