The Chinese ambassador to Uganda, Zhang Lizhong handed the second batch of the Chinese vaccines to the National Medical Stores-NMS in Entebbe municipality on Tuesday. He said the donation brings to 1million, the number of Sinovac vaccines donated to Uganda.
Uganda has received an additional 700,000 doses of Sinovac COVID-19
vaccines. This is the second batch of vaccine doses donated by
the Chinese government. The first batch of 300,000 doses arrived in the country
in July 2021.
Chinese ambassador to Uganda, Zhang Lizhong
handed the second batch of the Chinese vaccines to the National Medical
Stores-NMS in Entebbe municipality on Tuesday. He said the donation brings to
1million, the number of Sinovac vaccines donated to Uganda.
Lizhong described the donation as a "wonderful
demonstration" of the Sino-Uganda relations and an indication that the
Chinese government is committed to supporting developing countries such as
Uganda to access COVID-19 vaccines.
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Prime Health Care Minister, Margaret Muhanga,
who received the vaccines on behalf of the government, lauded the Chinese
government for her support towards the country's fight against COVID-19. She revealed that the government would release
the vaccines in two batches.
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The first batch of 300,000 doses will go to the vaccination
of people waiting for their second jab while the remaining 400,000 doses will
go to the non-vaccinated. Muhanga revealed that the country has since March
received 6,631,763 million vaccine doses through donations and government
The vaccines include AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Moderna, Johnson
and Johnson and Pfizer. She noted that over 2.5 million
people have been vaccinated, 600,976 of whom have received their second
Muhanga explained further that the government is
committed to increasing access to vaccines in order to protect the population
from the pandemic. The government targets to vaccinate 22 million people,
mainly health workers, teachers, people with underlying conditions such as diabetes,
hypertension and the elderly.
No Booster Shots
Muhanga said that fully vaccinated people should
not turn up for a third dose while those who received the first dose of AstraZeneca,
Moderna, Pfizer and Sinovac should get the second dose of the same vaccine.
She says this is because there is limited information on the effect of mixing