News & Analysis: Egypt

Egypt to close stores, restaurants for 2 weeks to curb coronavirus

“Egypt will close stores, malls and restaurants to curb the spread of the coronavirus for two weeks from Thursday evening, straddling the last days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and the Eid celebrations, the prime minister said on Wednesday.”

via Reuters

Egypt Vows to Boost Private Sector Growth in New Economic Plan

“Egypt’s government said it was going to focus on boosting private sector growth, increasing exports and accelerating the digitization of the economy, as it outlined a three-year structural reform plan key to helping overcome the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.”

via Bloomberg

Deals signed to make coronavirus vaccine in Egypt

“Two agreements have been signed between the Egyptian Holding Company for Biological Products and Vaccines, and the Chinese company Sinovac Biotech for biopharmaceuticals, to manufacture the coronavirus vaccine in Egypt.”

via Arab News

Egypt to receive 854,000 COVID-19 vaccines, allows prayers in authorized mosques during Ramadan

“The ban on huge assemblies in mosques and charity banquets in streets remains in place but some sports events for students however have been allowed.”

via Arab News

IMF COVID-19 Emergency Loans: A View from Four Countries

“An in-depth analysis of Cameroon, Ecuador, Egypt and Nigeria and found mixed results in meeting the IMF’s transparency commitments. There remained inconsistencies in the types of measures to which governments committed, their implementation, and the role of the IMF in ensuring compliance. The transparency commitments in the emergency loans spurred all four governments to produce information about their spending and contracts that they would have otherwise not published. However, the amount, accessibility, and quality of the disclosed information varied widely and was inadequate for meaningful oversight for any of the four countries.”

via Transparency International

Egypt receives second shipment of Chinese COVID-19 vaccine

“Egypt received 300,000 doses of a COVID-19 developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group in the early hours of Tuesday, the health ministry said in a statement.”

via Arab News

Egypt establishes fund to support medical staff

“The Egyptian Ministry of Health has announced the establishment of a fund to support medical staff after their efforts fighting the coronavirus disease.”

via Arab News

Egypt has ‘passed peak’ of second coronavirus wave

“Egypt has recorded a significant decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases, leading officials to believe that the country has passed the peak of the second wave.”

via Arab News

Egypt Begins its COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign with China’s Sinopharm

“Egypt began the vaccination of medical staff on Sunday with the Chinese Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in the northeastern province of Ismailia, according to a vaccination program by the Egyptian Health Ministry.”

via Africa News

The problem with generalizations

“Despite the media’s wish for a neat story, the African continent’s response to COVID-19 is all over the map.”

via Africa is a Country