received 300,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from the United
Andrew Ockenden, the Development Director UK High Commission in Kampala on
Thursday handed over the doses to Margaret Muhanga, the Minister of State for
Primary Health Care at the head offices of the National Medical Stores-NMS in
Ockenden said that the doses are expected to help the priority groups,
including teachers, those aged 50 years and those over 18 years who have
underlying health conditions such as hypertension and diabetes, to receive
their second dose.
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He also said
that Uganda is expected to receive an additional 3 million doses from the UK under
the COVAX arrangement.
lauded the UK government for the donation, saying the latest batch of doses
brings the total number of doses received to over 2 million doses.
Muhanga, 1.3 million people have so far been vaccinated. Of these, 320,000 have
been received the second jab.
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Siergrist Fouche, the Deputy Representative for Operations at UNICEF Uganda,
says the UK donation is very timely since the demand for vaccination is
currently exceeding the available supply of vaccines.
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the General Manager of National Medical Stores, says that the latest batch of
vaccines will be distributed to various districts starting next week.