The Minister of Health follows up with the Chinese ambassador on the completion and equipment of the “BSL-3” biosafety laboratory

Aya Hussain

Received Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Health and Population, Mr. Liao Liqiang, Ambassador of the State of China to Egypt, to discuss strengthening cooperation in the health sector, at the headquarters of the Ministry’s General Court.

At the beginning of the meeting, the Minister of Health and Population thanked the State of China, in appreciation of its efforts in supporting the Egyptian health sector, stressing the interest of the political leadership with the file of cooperation with the Chinese side, expressing his aspiration for continued cooperation in the field of research, development and innovation in antivirals, vaccines and serums.

6264214046797591741 The Minister of Health and Population expressed his aspiration for the speedy completion of the preparation of vital safety laboratories, stressing its importance in facilitating dealing with any future pandemics, stressing the importance of benefiting from Chinese expertise. In the field of medical industries, which contributes to the advancement of the Egyptian health sector.

Dr. pointed out Hossam Abdel Ghaffar, the official spokesman for the Ministry of Health and Population, indicated that the minister followed up with the Chinese ambassador, the completion rates in the health projects that are being implemented between the two sides, on top of which is the preparation and establishment of a scientific research laboratory for biosafety at the BSL-3 level. The two sides also discussed cooperation in increasing Production lines for vaccines and serums, stressing that Egypt possesses skilled human cadres that qualify it to become a regional center for the manufacture, production and distribution of vaccines.

Abdul Ghaffar added that the meeting discussed cooperation in establishing and equipping 9 environmentally friendly health care units, in addition to cooperation in equipping medical facilities with the latest medical devices. Chief among them are CT scans, ultrasounds, and cardiac catheters, stressing that this cooperation will be reflected in the development and upgrading of health care services provided to citizens.

For his part, the Chinese ambassador thanked His Excellency President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi for his efforts in advancing all areas of health care, and for his great contributions in providing all means health care For Chinese students coming to study in Egypt, especially during the Corona pandemic period, he also appreciated the efforts of Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, in developing the health sector, and his role in implementing health campaigns, stressing that the bilateral relations between the two countries are an ideal and unique model for international cooperation.

6264214046797591741 It is mentioned that the Biosafety Scientific Research Laboratory is at the “BSL-” level 3”, being built on an area of ​​5860 square meters, with an expected production capacity of One million doses of vaccine, and its cost is 600 one million pounds, and includes production areas for (cell culture, virus culture, preparation, production and quality control , purification, solutions), as it will serve as an Arab and regional center specialized in the field of scientific research, which qualifies it to become a destination for Arab and African countries to participate in the fields of scientific research.

6264214046797591741 The meeting was attended by Muhammad Hassani, Assistant Minister of Health and Population for Public Health Initiatives, Dr. Amr Qandil, Assistant Minister for Preventive Medicine Affairs, and Dr. Heba Wali, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Holding Company Vital preparations and vaccines «Vacsera», and Dr. Suzan Zanati, Director of the General Department of External Health Relations at the Ministry of Health and Population, and a number of members of the delegation accompanying the Chinese ambassador.