“We received a donation of 286,080 doses of AstraZeneca from the Government of Norway and 300,000 of the Sinovac vaccine from the People’s Republic of China. Government’s strategy is mass vaccination of the eligible population (22 million representing 49.8%) as a means of optimal control of the pandemic and full opening up of the economy. This supplements the initial 1,139,200 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine that Uganda received in March and June 2021,” the Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng said.
Ms Aceng made the remarks after receiving the vaccines at the National Medical Stores (NMS) in Entebbe, bringing to a total 1,725,280 doses of vaccines so far received by Uganda.
Ms Aceng said Uganda had so far vaccinated 902,992 people with the first dose only while 240,771 have been able to receive their second dose.
‘‘This points to the widening gap of individuals due for second dose and the larger Ugandan population that needs to be inoculated yet we have inadequate vaccines in the country. Therefore, I would like to appreciate the Norwegian Government and the People’s Republic of China for bridging the gap of inadequate vaccines and prioritizing Covid-19 vaccination in Uganda,’’ she said.
The Chinese Ambassador to Uganda, Zhang Lizhong said the vaccines will play a role in helping with Uganda’s mass vaccination efforts to curb the spread of the pandemic at this critical juncture as Uganda braces through the second wave.