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Egypt eyes coronavirus vaccine production

Egypt is getting ready to serve as the hub for the manufacturing of a coronavirus vaccine in Africa, with the help of China.
An Egyptian health worker checks samples at a drive-through coronavirus-testing center at the Ain Shams University in Cairo on June 29, 2020. - Egypt has so far registered 65,188 COVID-19 cases including 2,789 fatalities. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP) (Photo by KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images)

CAIRO — Egyptian Minister of Health Hala Zayed announced July 20 during a meeting with the Chinese ambassador to Egypt, LIao Li Chang, that Egypt will be the future hub for the manufacturing of a coronavirus vaccine in Africa, in cooperation with the Chinese government. 

Khaled Megahed, the spokesman for the Egyptian Ministry of Health, said in a press statement July 20, that the ministry’s national VACSERA center and a Chinese company conducting trials to develop a vaccine, agreed to pave the way for manufacturing in Egypt, once the vaccine is proven effective. He did not name the Chinese company.

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