Ministry of Health has rubbished allegations that Ugandan government is in talks with People’s Republic of China government to import its COVID-19 Vaccine to save Ugandans infected with deadly COVID-19.
The Ministry has further revealed that it cannot import a Covid-19 vaccine that is being used by Chinese nationals in Uganda adding that the vaccines have not been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Director General of Health Services, Dr Henry Mwebesa, noted that the drug is being used by Chinese nationals, who claim it is being used in their country but that does not mean it is safe for use by Ugandans.
” Government is NOT importing the Chinese covid-19 vaccines for use by Ugandans BUT for use fo rChinese in kapeeka who want to import it for chinese only . They claim they are already using it in their home country,” he said
“The Ministry would like to clarify that the Chinese COVID-19 vaccine is still under research. It is not approved for use by World Health Organization (WHO). We are not sure of its potency or safety hence Government cannot import It for use by Ugandans”.
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“For Uganda, the Ministry has quantified and applied for the Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine through the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization GAVI, and the process is in advanced stage. This is a vaccine which government is aware has gone through WHO clearance and approval. The public will soon be informed of when the vaccine will arrive in the country,” he added.