By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
As you are already aware, most countries around the world are already vaccinating their people against the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) that has ravaged nations around the globe for the biggest part of 2020.
Currently, there are three COVID-19 vaccines approved by national regulatory authorities for public use and these include; the Pfizer vaccine, Moderna, and AstraZeneca. Last week, China also lunched their vaccine called CoronaVac.
On Sunday, January 3, 2021, the Ministry of Health released a statement in which they confirmed that Uganda will receive her COVID-19 vaccine from British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca after submitting an application to, and being accepted, by the Global Alliance for Vaccine Initiative (GAVI).
“Based on the evidence available and the recommendations of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Health, Uganda will access the vaccine from AstraZeneca,” the statement reads in part, adding that the door is open to explore other options like China’s CoronaVac.
However, the statement also makes it clear that the Ministry will prioritise vulnerable groups to be vaccinated first once the vaccine gets to the country.
“The access of the vaccine will be done in an equitable manner starting with the most vulnerable and those at high risk,” the statement further asserts.
In the previous few months, Uganda has seen the number of COVID-19 infections skyrocket, something that has made the World Health Organisation (WHO) to place the country in Phase 4 of the virus. There have been 35,712 confirmed infections, 12,037 recoveries, and 274 deaths.
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