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Spanish leader promises COVID-19 vaccines to Egypt

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez also expressed a desire to increase trade with Egypt ahead of his visit to Cairo.
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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez pledged to donate COVID-19 vaccine doses to Egypt in an interview today.

Speaking to the Egyptian state-owned Al-Ahram, Sanchez said that Spain has allocated 4.5 million coronavirus vaccine doses for Egypt through the World Health Organization’s COVAX initiative. The prime minister, who will visit Cairo tomorrow, added that he wants to enhance Egyptian-Spanish economic relations.

“We should also increase trade and commercial links between Egypt and Spain, especially now as we recover from the economic crisis caused by the pandemic,” Sanchez told Al-Ahram.

Just under 23% of the Egyptian population has been vaccinated against COVID-19. Egypt began upping its vaccine drive in April. In September, Egypt prepared to open a factory to produce vaccines domestically. Egyptian authorities also recently approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 12 to 15-year-olds.

Egypt relies on donations to acquire COVID-19 vaccine doses. France donated more than 500,000 doses in September.

Egypt is averaging around 900 coronavirus cases a day among its population of more than 100 million.

Spain is a member of the European Union. Located in southern Europe on the Mediterranean Sea, the country has significant interests in North Africa. In July, Spain reopened its embassy in Libya. Spain also experienced a massive migration wave from Morocco in May.