Egypt has said it intends to produce more than a billion doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine each year in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Health Minister Hala Zayed told reporters that under a deal with the Chinese firm, a factory in the capital, Cairo, would make more than 200 million doses a year for the local needs.
According to the minister, another factory will produce five times as many. Those will be for exportation, mainly to African countries.
The country has recorded 289,000 cases to date, including 16,743 deaths.