Uganda recieves Covid-19 vaccines


Health Minister Dr Jane Aceng [M] during a press briefing last month. A CGTN Africa photo.

Since the end of political campaigns and elections in mid January, Uganda’s daily Covid-19 cases have greatly reduced. Since then, no day has recorded more than 50 infections.

Entebbe, 5 March 2021: Uganda’s Covid-19 vaccines arrived on Friday afternoon, giving hopes the pandemic will be managed.

Vaccinations start on 10 March, with security personnel, media staff, health workers, teachers being given first priority, according to the Ministry of Health’s Permanent Secretary, Dr Diana Atwine.

She, however, says vaccinations are not mandatory, further telling those interested to be vaccinated to disclose their National Identification Number (NIN) in their national ID card.

A directive that a citizen discloses his or her NIN is before the Court, with the applicants asking the Court to have it omitted.

The vaccines landed at Entebbe International Airport Friday, and was received by Health Minister, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, officials from World Health Organization (WHO) in Uganda, and senior government officials.

“An exciting day for us as Uganda received the initial batch of 864,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by the Serum Institute of India and shipped via the COVAX facility……,” says Dr JaneRuth Aceng, shortly.

Since the end of political campaigns and elections in mid January, Uganda’s daily Covid-19 cases have greatly reduced. Since then, no day has recorded more than 50 infections.

Dr Moriku Kaducu, State Minister in charge Primary Health Care reveals the decline in infections cases is a big worry for Uganda, telling the population to be ready for another deadly wave.

In February this year, Uganda ordered for 18 million doses developed by AstraZeneca, and expected at least 40% of it to arrive in March.

Uganda is also set to receive an extra 3.5 million doses of the same vaccine, developed with Oxford University, from COVAX, the scheme set up by WHO to facilitate vaccine access by poor and middle-income countries, which will be received by early next month, the government said.

By Thursday, March 4, Uganda had recorded 40,426 total infections, 15,052 recoveries and 334 Covid-19 deaths.


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