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The Antiviral Drug to Help End COVID-19

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Being stuck in the house for around a month now, the Egyptian citizens let alone the entire globe is getting quite restless. All places that include any socializing are still shut down plus the curfew in Egypt has been extended for another two weeks to ensure safety.

Which is why, you would be happy to hear that Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, has thankfully found a way to communicate with the Japanese manufacturer of the antiviral drug that is claimed to be the cure against the Coronavirus pandemic.

Avigan, the Japanese drug, has been developed by the Fujifilm Holdings Corporation and has been stored in the country for a while now to treat influenza. It has been proved by reports that Avigan has shown quite effective when treating COVID-19 and fighting the respiratory disease specifically that has been caused by the virus.

Fujifilm Holdings Corporation has announced late last night that it will commence phase two of their clinical trials on patients suffering in the United States since their situation has gotten quite out of hands.

Not just that, but our minister has added that Egypt will be joining this scientific research in hopes of finding a medication to truly put an end to the this cruel pandemic.

The trial will admit 50 coronavirus infected patients in collaboration with the Women’s Hospital, Brigham, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

 It was also stressed by Dr.Abdel Ghaffar that our President Abdel Fattah el Sisi has crucially instructed a follow up and constant collaboration on a day to day basis with the Japanese Pharmaceutical company to commence manufacturing Avigan in one of the Egyptian pharmaceutical companies located in the City of 10th of Ramadan.

The drug had already been tested on the Japanese citizens when Fujifilm had announced on March 31 the start of phase 3 of the clinical trial.

 

We would like to thank Japan for offering help to end the global pandemic by willing to provide at least 20 countries with Avigan for free. Not just that, but they will be providing the United Nations Office for Project Services $1 million grant to distribute as well as buy the drug.

 

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Egypt Will Build the World’s Largest Spinning Factory

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The Holding Company for Cotton, Spinning, Weaving and Garments has signed a deal to build the largest spinning factory in the world right here in Egypt, at Misr Spinning and Weaving Company in El-Mahalla El-Kubra.

A statement by Ministry of Public Business Sector announced on Thursday. This comes in light of the Ministry’s plan to implement a comprehensive development plan for cotton and weaving industries.

The statement also indicated that the factory will be established on an area of ​​about 62,500 square meters, with the ability to accommodate more than 182 thousand spinners, with an average production capacity of 30 tons/day.

The construction work will begin soon and shall take around 14 months, with an estimate cost of around LE 780 million.

The contract was signed by Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Holding Company for Spinning and Weaving, Ahmed Mustafa, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Gamma Construction Ayman Saad.

“The plan to develop cotton and spinning and weaving companies takes about two and a half years at a cost that exceeds LE 21 billion, and includes a complete modernization in construction and machinery – which was contracted to supply from major international companies – and a comprehensive development in management, marketing and training systems,” the ministry added.

The aim of this ambitious plan is to turn 10 companies into strong entities, in order to double their current production capacity by 3 times. This way, these entities will be able to compete on a higher level.

 

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A Smart System to Be Installed in All of Egypt’s Roads

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Egypt will install a smart system on roads nationwide to monitor any violations and the traffic!

In a meeting with transport officials that was held yesterday, Egypt’s transport minister Kamel El-Wazir discussed implementing a smart system for roads nationwide.

This comes in light of the government’s plan that aims at improving road safety.

The project’s first phase includes six highways: the Cairo-Suez road, Cairo-Ismailia-Port Said road, the Regional Ring Road, Katameya-Ain Sokhna road, Shubra-Benha freeway and Cairo-Alexandria desert road, the ministry said.

In the second phase of the project, the new system will have covered around 20 of Egypt’s main roads.

“All roads joining the smart system will be monitored by a network of cameras that monitors traffic 24/7… and registers any violations,” the minister said.

In applying this new system, the driver’s behavior will be monitored thus improving road safety and reducing traffic accidents caused by reckless drivers.

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New Gas Discovery Made in Egypt’s Nile Delta

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Italian oil company Eni has announced about a new gas discovery off the coast of the Egyptian Nile Delta, in a statement released on Wednesday.

The Italian oil and gas company Eni said that it succeeded in drilling the first exploration well in Egypt’s Nile Delta waters, this comes in cooperation with contractor members of BP and Total.

The new discovery, which is at the Bashrush prospect, is located at a depth of 22 metres, and is 11 km from the coast.

According to the company, which holds 37.5 percent interest of the North El Hammad concession, there’s a possibility of discovering a gas column with a thickness of 152 meters within the Messinian age sandstones of the Abu Madi formation with “excellent petrophysical properties.”

“The discovery of Bashrush is further demonstration of the effectiveness of Eni’s ‘incremental’ exploration strategy, aimed at selecting high value opportunities and ensuring fast development of the new discoveries through existing infrastructures,” the company said in a statement.

The three firms will wok together with Egypt’s petroleum authorities in order to start looking into the development options for the new discovery, with the aim of “fast tracking” production, the statement said.

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