Uganda is expected to receive Over 175,200 doses of the Covid_19 vaccines, a donation from Italy tomorow June 16 2021
The Ministry of Health’s senior Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ainebyoona on Monday confirmed that the vaccines will arrive in Uganda on Wednesday 16th June at 22:25 hrs.
Uganda received its first batch of the AstraZeneca vaccines on 5th March 2021from the Serum Institute of India, through the COVAX Facility.
This donation of 864, 000 doses was later coupled with 100,000 more vaccines by the Government of India.
To date, 786,160 people have been vaccinated against covid-19 using the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Catherine Ntabadde, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) communications specialist recently revealed that there’s a lot a possibility of receiving an additional donation of 688,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in August.
Last week on 10th June 2021, the World Health Organization listed Uganda among the 9 in 10 countries set to miss the urgent covid-19 vaccination goal.
According to the organization, the pandemic is trending upwards in 10 African countries, with four nations recording a spike in new cases of over 30% in the past seven days, compared with the previous week.
“72% of all new cases were reported in Egypt, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia and over half were recorded in nine southern African countries,” WHO noted.
This has come at a time when the country is facing the second wave of the pandemic, with spiking active cases on admission, and fatalities with the cumulative number of covid-19 cases in Uganda is 63, 099, 48,480 recoveries and 434 fatalities.