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Uganda to receive Two million additional Covid-19 vaccines by June

As the vaccination exercise kicked off on Wednesday, several dignitaries including officials from the health ministry turned up to receive the first jab of the vaccine at Mulago and Entebbe hospitals. All those who received the first jab are expected to be vaccinated again after 8weeks.
Having received the first batch of AstraZeneca vaccine totaling to 864,000 doses from the COVAX facility on Friday, Uganda received a second consignment of the vaccine as a donation from the government of India on Sunday afternoon. The consignment which contained 100,000 doses was received by Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng the minister for health.
Rosa Malango the UN resident coordinator receiving her first jab of Covid19 vaccine at Entebbe hospital as Dr. Diana Atwine looks on.
While addressing the media at Entebbe airport, minister Aceng noted that Uganda now has a total of 964,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine. Whereas the vaccination exercise has started with certain categories of frontline health workers, teachers plus the elderly, minister Aceng hopes to have over 22 million people including the refugee community vaccinated in the first phase.
 
Uganda to receive over two million additional Covid-19 vaccines by June
Uganda is expected to receive additional 2,688,000 doses by June 2021 in a fight against Covid-19 pandemic. According to Dr. Aceng, COVAX facility allocated 3,552,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to Uganda for a period of January to June 2021, part of which has so far been delivered.
“Uganda targets to vaccinate 49.6 percent of the population, which is about 21,936,011 in a phased manner and each phase is planned to cover approximately 4.38 million people,” noted Dr. Aceng.
On the other hand, H.E Attilio Pacifici the European Union ambassador to Uganda said, the donation of Covid-19 vaccines signifies global solidarity in action. “Some may argue that we have reacted too slow, and of course we would have all wanted an immediate fix to the pandemic but should also remember this is the first time in history for a vaccine to be developed in a period less than ten months, which ordinarily takes ten years,” remarked HE Pacifici.
The EU ambassador is optimistic that with Covid-19 vaccine, schools will be able to reopen safely. In addition, the European Union announced 100 million Euros in humanitarian assistance to support the rollout of vaccination campaigns in Africa, which are spearheaded by the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). Last week, the European Union in partnership with Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) handed over to Uganda, medical supplies and equipment to support Covid-19 response.
Dr. Moses Muwanga the Entebbe hospital director receiving his first jab of Covid-19 vaccine
In her remarks on Friday, Natalie Brown the US ambassador to Uganda said, the quick spread of Covid-19 from country to country, shows how connected humanity is thus requires a global response. “The US recognises that none of us will be fully safe until the majority of the world is immune,” noted ambassador Brown adding that, the US has so far contributed US$2b towards COVAX facility so far and has contributed further US$2b to provide safe effective vaccines to people around the world.
“As we fight Covid-19 today, we learn our lessons in order to make the right investments in the global health security including efforts to prevent, predict and stop pandemics as well as affirm global commitment to show accurate and timely information so that the crises like this, do not happen again,” further implored Natalie, pledging US continued support towards Uganda.
Kate Airey the British High commissioner to Uganda commended the ministry of health for the robust early and robust response in tackling Covid-19, saying the United Kingdom has contributed half a billion pounds towards global vaccination.
Uganda is one of the several beneficiaries of the free Covid-19 vaccine after Ghana, Ivory coast, Kenya, Rwanda and Nigeria which have already received their initial supplies. Under the first phase, about 150,000 frontline health workers, nearly 250,000 security personnel and about 550,000 teachers were projected to receive the inoculations. Also considered are about 3,348,500 people aged 50 years and above, along with about half a million people below the age of 50years but with underlying health conditions.
Additional Writing by Harriet Asingura

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