Egyptian Public Prosecution authorities ordered the immediate detaining of three men on Sunday 11 October pending investigations into their alleged mishandling of Sinopharm vaccine doses in Minya.
Residents of Minya found thousands of COVID-19 vaccine packages dumped in a wastewater canal in Abshaq, Bani Mazar last Thursday. After quickly informing local authorities, villagers took to social media to express concern.
Minya Governor Major General Osama El-Qadi launched an urgent investigation into the matter. The vaccines had been alloted to the Minya Health Directorate, and after thorough review, the investigation reported a shortage of about 18,400 vaccine packages worth upwards of five-million Egyptian pounds ($319,000).
Initial investigations accused a pharmacist and directorate official of gross negligence, resulting in them being placed into immediate custody. After conflicting accounts of how the shipment was lost, a driver allegedly responsible for shipping vaccine doses was also detained pending further investigation into the matter.
To date, Egypt has dealt with 309,135 cumulative infection cases and 17,545 deaths.