Although Parliament passed 18.3 billion shillings supplementary budget for the procurement of the AstraZeneca Vaccines from the Serum Institute of India last month, the Health Ministry says there has been a delay in availing the money by the Ministry of Finance.
Minister of Health Jane Ruth Aceng has said that the
Ministry is yet
to receive funds for the covid-19 vaccine.
Although Parliament passed 18.3 billion shillings for the procurement of the
AstraZeneca Vaccines from the Serum Institute of India last month, the Health
Ministry says there has been a delay in availing the money by the Ministry of
The government had convinced Parliament that the 18.3 Billion
urgent and is needed as a down payment to access 18 million vaccines.
However, to date, Aceng says that they are yet to receive the money.
She made the
revelation on Thursday during plenary.
She told Members of Parliament that Uganda is currently at the
bottom of the list due to the scramble of vaccine, and this can only change if
payment is made. She added that the 964,000 doses that are donations
are inadequate even for health workers.
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was responding to questions raised by MPs about funds that were allocated by
parliament to procure the vaccines.
MPs also tasked the Government to give a detailed plan
for the national rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Rising a matter of national importance, Patrick Nsamba Oshabe, the
Kassanda North MP, said that the government needs to
present a plan to vaccinate all Ugandans and not concentrate in
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however says that the vaccines have been disbursed to the districts for the
teachers, health workers and Ugandans above 50.
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The government targets to vaccinate 22 million Ugandans including refugees, and
it requires over 590 billion shillings.