Health Minister: Egypt keen to Boost Cooperation with China in Vaccines &Serums


Health and Population Minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar stressed on Monday the state’s interest of the political leadership in the file of cooperation with the Chinese side.

During his meeting with Liao Liqiang, the Chinese Ambassador in Cairo, the minister expressed his ministry’s keenness on enhancing cooperation with Egypt in the research, development, and innovation of antivirals, vaccines, and serums.

The spokesman for the Health Ministry, Hossam Abdel Ghaffar, said that the health minister thanked China for its efforts in backing the Egyptian health sector, adding he is looking forward to expediting the process of completing vital safety laboratories.

The minister followed up with the Chinese ambassador on progress made so far to carry out the health projects implemented between the two sides, on top of which establishing a scientific research laboratory for biosafety at the Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3).


Abdel Ghaffar also stressed the importance of shoring up bilateral cooperation to help deal with any future pandemics and benefiting from Chinese expertise in medical industries that contributed to improving the Egyptian health sector.


The two sides also discussed cooperation in increasing the production lines of vaccines and serums, underlining that Egypt has skilled and trained human cadres that qualify it to become a regional center for manufacturing and distributing vaccines.


For his part, the Chinese ambassador thanked President Abdel Fattah El Sisi for his effort to improve the healthcare sector in Egypt.

The meeting additionally took up the establishment of nine environmentally friendly healthcare facilities, in addition to cooperation in equipping them with a pre-acquired MRI or computed tomography (CT), ultrasound machines, and cardiac catheterization equipment.

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