Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli directed the ministers to take all the precautionary measures against the new Covid-19 variant Omicron, pointing to the government’s decision to halt all direct flights with South Africa.
Madbouli’s instructions came during his chairmanship of the meeting of the medical group to face the coronavirus in the presence of Justice Minister Omar Marwan, Higher Education Minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Finance Minister Mohamed Maait, Planning Minister Hala el Saeed, Presidential Adviser for Health Affairs Mohamed Awad Tag el Din, and Egyptian Drug Authority (EDA) Chairman Tamer Essam.
The premier asserted the importance of accelerating the implementation rate of the strategic depots projects in line with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s directives to build a stock of medical equipment to meet the local needs.
Abdel Ghaffar, who is also the acting health minister, reviewed a report on the current epidemical situation locally and internationally and the developments of Omicron.
According to the report, there is no Omicron cases detected in Egypt till now.
He said that about 45.2 million Covid-19 vaccine doses had been administered; 29.6 million first doses and 15.6 million both doses.
He pointed out that the depots project aims to build a strategic stock within two to four months to provide all the government bodies with all pharmaceuticals and medical equipment and eliminate any forms of manipulation.
Source: State Information Service Egypt