Kembabazi also says that they want the government not to rely on the private sector for vaccination of Covid-19, saying that government should have picked lessons from the COVID-19 testing and treatment experience where costs for testing and treatment once outsourced to private sector are only affordable by a few .
As the country launches its first COVID -19 cure trials, Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) want government to comprehensively brief Ugandans on the
progress in obtaining the Covid-19 vaccine besides the occasional remarks by
In their statement, led by the Initiative for Social and Economic Research (ISER), they note that they are concerned about the government’s readiness in relation
to the access and allocation of Covid-19 vaccines.
They specifically demand for a clear and coordinated information on the
country’s progress and its preparedness for covid-19 vaccine.
They argue that while government plans to receive AstraZeneca vaccine which
is one of the approved vaccines from COVAX, an initiative set up world health organization
to pool financing for the vaccine with a focus to enabling access by low and
middle income countries, this is not enough.
Salima Namusobya the Executive Director Initiative for Social and Economic
Rights (ISER) says that no country will receive enough dozes from COVAX to vaccinate
more than 20% of its population.
“COVAX will only allow us to get what is left over when rich countries have purchased
the vaccine “Namusobya adds.
The statement also say that government should explain how the vaccine will
be financed cautioning government against incurring further debts but concentrate
on negotiating for grants and using the money from the consolidated fund.
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Allana Kembabazi the programs manager of Right to Health says government needs to
come up and tell how much will be required per dosage or whether it will be
free for the population to access it.
Kembabazi also says that they want the government not to rely on the private
sector ,saying that government should have picked lessons from the COVID 19 testing
and treatment experience where costs for testing and treatment once outsourced
to private sector are only affordable by a few.
She says that government should maintain strong stewardship of the process
by regulating the private sector to ensure that quality is maintained and
profits are not prioritized over public health during vaccine distribution.
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The ministry of health says the initial aim of the
initiative is to have two million doses of vaccines available by the end of
2021, which should be enough to protect people at the high risk end, the vulnerable
people and the essential workers (healthcare workers).
On the issue of price per dosage the Permanent Secretary ministry of health
Diana Atwine when approached by URN was not sure about it.
However, Atwine indicated that Uganda needs 405 million United States Dollars to get
AstraZeneca but never disclosed the unit cost per dose.