Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda says the first COVID-19
vaccines are expected to arrive into the country in March 2021.
The premier revealed that 9 million doses have
been ordered and vulnerable groups will be first to be vaccinated when the vaccine roll
out gets underway.
Rugunda made the revelation today during the plenary
sitting. He was responding to a question raised by Kasilo County MP Elijah
Okupa who tasked Government to explain Uganda’s preparedness to receive the
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In response, Rugunda said that government through the
Ministry of Health has worked with the international community and that 9
million doses have been ordered and that they expect them to arrive around
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He said that March is considered the tentative time
because the world is in a situation that is moving fast and that government is
closely following the situation to get vaccines as quickly as possible to the
people of Uganda especially to the most vulnerable groups that Covid-19 is
A recent statement by the Ministry of Health indicated
that the vaccines applied through the Global Alliances for Vaccines and
Immunization- GAVI will be secured from drugmaker AstraZeneca.
The Ministry says that the vaccines will cover 20
percent of the Uganda’s population and that other plans are underway to secure
additional doses of the vaccine to cover more people.
Uganda is currently experiencing surging new
infections and on Wednesday 16th, the Country registered 628 new
Covid-19 cases bring the cumulative confirmed cases to 29,361. In addition, 3
new Covid-19 deaths were also registered bring the total deaths to 228.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO),
there are three COVID-19 vaccines which certain national regulatory
authorities have been advised to use and although none have yet received WHO
EUL/PQ authorization, nations like United States of America-USA, United Kingdom-UK,
Germany have started immunizing their citizens with the Pfizer-BioNTech
However, no nation on the African continent has laid
its hands on the vaccine yet. The other vaccines include; Moderna and
AstraZeneca whose approvals are awaiting national approvals.