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Ambassadors of the United States, Canada, Germany and Britain support Egypt through the Kovacs initiative



Dr. Naima Al-Qusayr, the representative of the World Health Organization in Egypt, confirmed that Egypt received, yesterday evening, more than 850 thousand doses of the Corona vaccine, shipped through the Kovacs system, explaining that after nearly a year had passed since Egypt faced the spread of the Corona virus, a plane landed in Cairo International Airport loaded with 854,400 doses of AstraZeneca Oxford vaccine.


She added that the arrival of vaccines through the Kovacs system is a historic step that represents solidarity for humanity during this unprecedented period that we are going through, and it is an important step to ensure a fair global distribution of Corona vaccines, which raises hope in the hearts of many, including people in Egypt, through the increasing vaccination of people. At-risk, particularly health workers and primary health-care providers on the front lines.


With regard to accurate scientific reviews, the World Health Organization has authorized the use of Corona vaccines in emergency situations based on their safety and effectiveness, and we all, as individuals, families, societies, and public and private institutions, work side by side to stop this pandemic by continuing to apply effective preventive health and social measures Such as hygienic practices and sterilization, avoiding crowding, especially in closed areas, maintaining physical distancing, and wearing protective face masks "masks" until most people are immunized.


Dr. Jeremy Hopkins, UNICEF Representative in Egypt, said, "I would like to stress the importance of health workers receiving vaccines, as they are the ones who are at the forefront of facing the Corona virus, it is a race against time to eliminate the Corona pandemic and vaccinate people, and in this race, it is absolutely necessary to have greater availability." A possible number of safe and effective vaccinations for health workers


The Kovacs initiative, which played a pivotal role in delivering vaccines last night to Egypt, is trying to narrow the gap between the millions who are being vaccinated in some countries compared to other countries that do not get enough vaccinations, and this positive and encouraging news is to some extent a light at the end of the tunnel, The epidemic is finally ending in the near future. It also serves as an important symbol for all efforts supported by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) to reduce disparities between countries in access to vaccines.


Kovacs, which is co-led by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), the World Health Organization, and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPA), works in partnership with UNICEF, as well as the World Bank, and international community organizations, And manufacturers and others.


The establishment of the Kovacs system represents a collective recognition of the need for equitable access to Corona vaccines, and no one is safe until everyone is safe and secure. On behalf of all those who will be vaccinated through Kovacs in Egypt, the Ministry of Health and Population, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF sincerely thanks the governments of the United States of America, Germany, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Japan, Canada, and many other governments for their support for this Target.


Jonathan Cohen, the US ambassador to Egypt, said: “The United States announced a donation of 4 billion dollars to support the important and vital role of the Kovacs initiative, and we are pleased to witness the delivery of the first shipment of millions of doses of vaccinations to Egypt last night, explaining that these are the first payments that will help Egypt, our strategic partner, in overcoming this pandemic. "


Dr. Cyril Jean Nunn, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Egypt, said: “Global challenges can only be addressed at the international level - the epidemic does not stop at borders. The provision of vaccines that we are witnessing today is a tangible result of the great international efforts underway. Part of those efforts. The initiative to accelerate the availability of tools to combat Corona and Kovacs represents our multilateral and comprehensive response to the pandemic, and no country can be safe as long as others are not.


Sir Geoffrey Adams, British Ambassador to Egypt confirmed: “I am pleased to see that the first shipment made under the Kovacs Vaccine Plan has now arrived in Egypt, and since the beginning of this crisis, the UK has been committed to ensuring a fair distribution of vaccines among all countries, and to protect those who They desperately need it, which is why the United Kingdom pledged to provide £ 1.3 billion in aid to eradicate the Coronavirus pandemic and put an end to it as quickly as possible, and we have put more than £ 548 million into the COVAX AMC Advance Market Commitment Plan. The 850,000 doses delivered today is a great first step - or a positive boost, as we say in the UK, but we need to maintain that momentum.


We pledge to provide 1.65 billion pounds sterling to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) over the next five years - to ensure that everyone has access to vaccines in a fair and equitable manner, he added.


Ambassador Christian Berger, head of the European Union delegation in Egypt, explained the European Union’s contributions to addressing the pandemic and its effects, saying: “Egypt today receives its first shipment from Kovacs, and the European Union has already launched its initiative called“ Team Europe ”, where member states work in The European Union, together with European financial institutions, to support partner countries in combating the Coronavirus pandemic and its effects The aid package provided by the "Team Europe" amounts to nearly 38.5 billion euros, and the European Union pledges to ensure that everyone who needs There is a vaccine against it anywhere in the world, no one is safe until everyone is safe and secure, and Kovacs is the best way to achieve international solidarity in the field of vaccines. Team Europe has contributed more than 2.2 billion euros, including one billion euros from The European Union budget, submitted to Kovacs to help secure 1.3 billion doses of vaccines, and this comes in addition to the national contributions made by European Union member states.


 Kovacs was able to provide one of three vaccines that were accessed through the support of "Team Europe", and it is my pleasure that the first shipment of Kovacs arrived in Egypt, which is a major partner country in the region, and since March 2020, the approach followed by "Team Europe" has been presented. Framework for a Coherent Response to COVID-19 in Egypt. We have mobilized € 1.8 billion in grants, loans and guarantees to help mitigate the impact of the outbreak in response to the current emergency health crisis and the resulting social, economic and health needs.


"Canada is committed to exerting vigorous efforts at the global level to end the Corona pandemic, and its devastating health, social and economic impacts on the most needy groups, whether here in Egypt or around the world," said Louis Dumas, Canada's ambassador to Egypt.

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