Three arrested over dumping of Covid vaccines in Egypt

Prosecutors in Egypt have ordered the arrest of three people following the dumping of thousands of unused doses of a coronavirus vaccine near the city of Minya, 200km (125 miles) south of Cairo.

Images posted on social media last week showed piles of white boxes strewn along the banks of a waterway.

The authorities say nearly 20,000 doses of the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine, with a value of more than $300,000 (£220,000), had been allocated to the Minya health directorate but had gone to waste after being stored at the wrong temperature.

Only about 11% of the Egyptian population has received a first Covid-19 jab, with about 6% being fully vaccinated.

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