The county is expected to spend around 351 billion shillings on the vaccines with each dose costing 19,498 shillings.
government will procure 18 million doses of China's Sinopharm vaccine.
The county is expected to spend around 351 Billion Shillings on the vaccines
with each dose costing 19,498 shillings. For a complete dose, the government
will spend 38,996 Shillings. This is 10,000 shillings cheaper than what the government
had budgeted to spend on AstraZeneca vaccines.
According to the Director-General of health services, Dr Henry Mwebesa, the government
has already signed a commitment letter for the vaccines.
“The ministry received an offer of the availability of vaccines through the
COVAX facility. The vaccine acquisition committee reviewed the offer and
recommended the ministry pursue a cheaper and more reliable option. The
ministry of health has signed a commitment letter with the COVAX facility for a
total of 18 million doses of Sinopharm vaccine under this arrangement," Dr
Mwebesa said in a statement released on Thursday.
The signing of a commitment means that the government had pledged to buy the
given amount of vaccines through COVAX. This will be the second commitment that
the government had signed following that of AstraZeneca that was signed last
to the supply challenges in India, COVAX has not yet been able to fulfil its
part of the earlier deal to provide the previously 18 million doses of the
vaccine. At the time of the AstraZeneca deal, the vaccine was the cheapest
option available that had been granted emergency use listing by the World
The Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine received emergency approval from WHO in May this
year. The Sinopharm vaccine is produced by the Beijing Bio-Institute of
Biological Products Co Ltd.
is a two-dose that is approved for use in persons aged 18 years and older. It
is recommended the vaccines be taken within a three to four-week interval.
studies show that the vaccine is estimated to be 79 percent effective in
protecting against symptomatic or severe disease across age groups.
When asked if the government's commitment to procure Sinopharm means that the
vaccine will now become the primary source of protection against COVID-19, Dr
Alfred Driwale, the programme manager of the Uganda National Expanded Programme
on Immunization says the country is not relying on only one vaccine.
are considering many vaccines. We are not looking at just AstraZeneca or
Sinopharm. We are looking at other available options," Dr Driwale said.
going to procure Johnson&Johnson vaccines through the African Union.
According to the health ministry officials, the country is also looking at procuring
Russia's Sputnik V.
As of August 16, at least one million people in the country have received at
least one shot of the vaccine. With a targeted 22 million people, Driwale says
getting other available vaccines is a good thing since it means more vaccine
options will be available.