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via arabnews01/18/2021

Lebanon awaits February vaccine arrival as cases surge - Arab News

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s health minister in the caretaker government, Hamad Hassan, who is in hospital fighting a coronavirus infection, has signed the first payment of financial dues for government and private hospitals from the country’s World Bank loan. The decision came after hospitals protested against delays in the paying of bills for coronavirus treatments. About 15,000 beds

via finance.yahoo01/18/2021

Egypt reopens two Mediterranean ports after weather improves - Yahoo Finance

The Alexandria and Dekheila ports on Egypt's Mediterranean coast were reopened on Monday, a day after they were shut because of poor weather conditions, the Alexandria Port Authority said. "Traffic is operating normally after the wind speed and wave height reached the permissible limit for the movement of ships," Ahmed Berekaa, the authority spokesman, told Reuters. The ports are among the biggest in Egypt and can each handle a maximum of 1 million 20ft-equivalent units (TEUs).

via arabnews01/16/2021

Egypt: Iranian nuclear issue should be linked to its regional interference - Arab News

CAIRO: Egypt believes that the Iranian nuclear issue is not the only problem with regard to Iran and its position in the region, according to Motaz Zahran, Cairo’s ambassador in Washington. Tehran’s interference and its efforts to destroy the assets of Arab countries throughout the region is another issue that must be confronted, he said.

via egyptindependent01/16/2021

Biden: We'll 'manage the hell' out of feds' COVID response - Egypt Independent

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to boost supplies of coronavirus vaccine and set up new vaccination sites to meet his goal of 100 million shots in 100 days. It’s part of a broader COVID strategy that also seeks to straighten out snags in testing and ensure minority communities are not left out.

via arabnews01/14/2021

Egypt agrees deal for $23 billion high-speed rail link - Arab News

CAIRO: Egypt signed a deal with German giant Siemens on Thursday to build a $23 billion high-speed rail line linking the Red Sea and Mediterranean coasts. The electric railway will run for more than 1,000 kilometers from Ain Sokhna on the Red Sea to New Alamein on the Mediterranean coast, passing through a new administrative capital being built east of Cairo. Egyptian

via arabnews01/14/2021

Egypt signs MoU with Siemens for $23bn high-speed train line - Arab News

CAIRO: Egypt signed a memorandum of understanding with Germany’s Siemens on Thursday for construction of a $23 billion high-speed train line linking Egypt’s eastern and northern coasts, the cabinet said in a statement. The electric rail line would run from Ain Sokhna on the Red Sea to New Alamein on the Mediterranean coast, passing through a new capital under construction in

via arabnews01/12/2021

Gavi to provide Egypt with 20% of its coronavirus vaccines - Arab News

CAIRO: Egyptian Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed has announced that Egypt is negotiating with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (Gavi) to provide 20 percent of its coronavirus vaccines. Zayed referred to three vaccines: AstraZeneca, Sinopharm and Pfizer-BioNTech. “We are currently in talks with the Chinese ambassador regarding the Chinese vaccine …

via news.yahoo01/18/2021

Egypt unveils 3000-year old coffins - Yahoo News

The funerary temple of Queen Neit was also discovered near the pyramid of her husband, King Teti of Egypt's 6th dynasty which dates back 4200 years, said famed archaeologist Zahi Hawass, who headed the archaeological mission. The coffins include the first dating back to the New Kingdom to be found at Saqqara, a UNESCO world heritage site that is home to the Step Pyramid, the tourism and antiquities ministry said in a statement. Carved in human form and painted in bright colors, many of them are still intact. Ancient games, statues, and masks were also found. "All these discoveries will rewrite the history of Saqqara and the New Kingdom," said Hawass. Officials are keen to show off newly discovered artifacts as they try to revive visitor numbers after the tourism industry received a painful blow during the coronavirus pandemic.

via egyptindependent01/16/2021

Trump's presidency not just a blip in US foreign policy - Egypt Independent

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden’s plan to scrap President Donald Trump’s vision of “America First” in favor of “diplomacy first” will depend on whether he’s able to regain the trust of allies and convince them that Trumpism is just a blip in the annals of US foreign policy.

via egyptindependent01/16/2021

'This is not a game': Global virus death toll hits 2 million - Egypt Independent

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The global death toll from COVID-19 topped 2 million Friday, crossing the threshold amid a vaccine rollout so immense but so uneven that in some countries there is real hope of vanquishing the outbreak, while in other, less-developed parts of the world, it seems a far-off dream.

via arabnews01/14/2021

A nonprofit helps build a better Egypt, one brick at a time - Arab News

DUBAI: The Egyptian construction sector, like much of the rest of the world, is battling slowdown effects from the coronavirus pandemic. Even as its capital city Cairo gingerly reopens following a nationwide lockdown, construction firms face a range of challenges such as socially distanced labor shifts and therefore lower capacity. That’s according to Radwa Rostom, the founder

via egyptindependent01/13/2021

Egypt confirms 970 new coronavirus cases, total now 151723 - Egypt Independent

Egypt’s Health Ministry on Tuesday confirmed 970 new coronavirus cases bringing the country’s total up to 151,723, announced ministry spokesperson Khaled Megahed. The total number of COVID-19-related deaths is now 8,304 nationwide, after the ministry announced 55 deaths. And 423 patients were discharged from quarantine at isolation hospitals, raising Egypt’s total number of fully-recovered cases … Continued

via egyptindependent01/12/2021

Asia Today: India starts shipping COVID-19 vaccine to cities - Egypt Independent

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has started shipping COVID-19 vaccines to multiple cities, four days ahead of the nationwide inoculation drive. The first consignment of vaccines developed by the Serum Institute of India left the Indian city of Pune on Tuesday. The vaccines rolled out from Serum Institute of India’s facility in temperature-controlled trucks to … Continued

via egyptindependent01/17/2021

Biden to prioritize legal status for millions of immigrants - Egypt Independent

SAN DIEGO (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden’s decision to immediately ask Congress to offer legal status to an estimated 11 million people in the country has surprised advocates given how the issue has long divided Democrats and Republicans, even within their own parties.

via egyptindependent01/16/2021

Egypt performs 950 PCR tests on handball world cup teams within 24 hours - Egypt Independent

The Medical Committee of the 2021 World Men’s Handball Championship announced Friday that 950 PCR tests were conducted during the past 24 hours for all teams participating in the tournament, alongside members from federations, organizing committees, hotel workers and medical teams.

via egyptindependent01/16/2021

Governors complain over pace of COVID-19 vaccine shipments - Egypt Independent

Governors bitterly accused the Trump administration Friday of deceiving the states about the amount of COVID-19 vaccine they can expect to receive as they ramp up vaccinations for senior citizens and others. But the government attributed the anger to confusion and misguided expectations on the part of the states.

via dailyegyptian01/15/2021

SIU basketball programs announce postponements, rescheduled matchups - Daily Egyptian

The Southern Illinois women’s basketball team (5-4, 2-2 MVC) had to postpone their series against Loyola (Jan. 15-16) at the Gentile Arena and they postponed the series against Valparaiso (Jan. 22-23) at the Banterra Center. The postponements were due to a positive COVID-19 test in the Salukis Tier 1 personnel, which includes athletes, coaches and...

via arabnews01/14/2021

Egypt discounts aviation fuel in effort to support tourism - Arab News

CAIRO: Egyptian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek Al-Molla revealed a new initiative to reduce the price of aviation fuel to 15 cents per gallon with the aim of helping the tourism and aviation sectors overcome the challenges created by the pandemic. Egypt had previously lowered aviation fuel prices last April to support the tourism and aviation sectors,

via microcapital.org01/13/2021

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: EIB to Loan $425m to Banque Misr of Egypt to Fund SMEs During COVID-19 Pandemic - MicroCapital

The European Investment Bank (EIB), the EU’s long-term lending institution, recently agreed to provide a line of credit in the amount of EUR 425 million (USD 517 million) to Banque Misr, a government-owned bank in Egypt. This money is slated to help mitigate the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on small and medium-sized enterprisesContinue reading →