Egypt’s Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed met, on Monday evening, with Naima Al-Qusayr, the World Health Organization (WHO) representative in Cairo, to discuss ways of cooperating amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways of cooperating on the manufacture of vaccines against the virus in Egypt, in preparation for their export to African countries.
Also present at the meeting were Mohamed Hassani, Assistant Minister of Health for Public Health Initiatives, and Nevin Al-Nahhas, Head of the Central Administration for Technical Support and Director of the Minister’s Technical Office.
The meeting discussed the WHO support for Egypt through international delegations and experts, who will participate in preparations for the manufacture of vaccines in the country.
They also discussed the organisation’s guidelines for vaccinating pilgrims who will perform the Hajj this year, in accordance with international regulations.
Moreover, the meeting also dealt with developing a training plan in cooperation with the WHO, to train medical teams and health workers within the national project to collect and manufacture plasma derivatives.
Another training plan was agreed upon with an international company based on establishing a factory for manufacturing pharmaceutical preparations from plasma in Egypt, according to the Ministry of Health and Population statement.
For her part, Al-Qusayr praised the ministry’s efforts to prepare for the manufacture of coronavirus vaccines in Egypt. This is in addition to the launch of an electronic education platform for doctors as part of the training programmes for the Egyptian fellowship and the accreditation of training programmes from the UK.
She also praised the Ministry of Health and Population’s ability to control chronic diseases, through the implementation of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s initiative to follow up and treat chronic diseases.
The initiative also focuses on the early detection of renal impairment, which provided medical services to millions of Egyptians, as well as the elimination of Hepatitis C.