Egypt's Sisi receives coronavirus vaccine

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has received a coronavirus vaccination under a nationwide vaccination drive. (AFP)
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has received a coronavirus vaccination under a nationwide vaccination drive. (AFP)

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has received a coronavirus vaccination under a nationwide vaccination drive, his office said on Sunday.

The statement from the presidency did not give details on the type of vaccine Sisi received.

READ | Vaccine doses pass one billion mark as global cases top new record

Egypt has started administering doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine under the global COVAX agreement to provide vaccines for lower-income countries, as well as jabs produced by China's Sinopharm.

Awad Tag el-Din, Sisi's adviser for health affairs, told a local news channel on Friday that around half a million people in Egypt had been vaccinated so far.

READ | The scientist behind Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine says people will likely need annual shots

The number of coronavirus cases has been steadily rising in recent weeks and the health ministry reported 912 new cases and 39 more deaths as of Saturday.

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