KAMPALA- Friday, 6 March 2021– The Ministry of Health has this present day obtained 864,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, shipped thru the COVAX facility—the sector’s facility for in trend entry to COVID-19 vaccines.
The arrival marks a historic step towards the neutral to be certain equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines globally, in an extraordinary effort to create after all 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine by the tip of 2021. Uganda targets to vaccinate 49.6 per cent of the inhabitants, which is ready 21,936,011, in a phased manner. Every fragment is planned to conceal 20 per cent of the inhabitants – roughly 4.38 million of us.
The vaccine doses were obtained at Entebbe Global Airport by Uganda’s Health Minister, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng Ocero accompanied by contributors of the COVAX Facility and ambassadors of the European Union and countries whose funding enabled manufacturing, transport, and distribution.
COVAX, the vaccines pillar of the Earn entry to to COVID-19 Instruments (ACT) Accelerator, is co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi – the Vaccine Alliance and the World Health Organization (WHO) – working in partnership with UNICEF as key enforcing accomplice. UNICEF is coping with the procurement and delivery of the vaccines and associated supplies on behalf of the COVAX Facility.
The AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII) were transported by UNICEF from India (Mumbai) to Uganda.
The COVAX facility has allotted 3,552,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Uganda throughout January – June 2021. The ultimate 2,688,000 doses are anticipated by June 2021.
The first fragment of the FREE vaccination will target health group in public and non-public health facilities who by the character of their work are at better probability of contracting the disease in comparison with diversified classes of of us. Other target groups in uncover of precedence are security personnel; lecturers; humanitarian entrance-line group, of us above 50 years with underlying stipulations akin to diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart, kidney, or liver disease; of us dilapidated 18-50 with the same underlying stipulations; and diversified emerging excessive probability and precedence wanted groups as more vaccine doses advance within the country.
“The Ministry of Health is finalizing preparations to open up vaccination against COVID-19 and with the appearance of the initial batch of 864,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines this present day, vaccination is scheduled to open up on 10 March 2021,” Dr Aceng acknowledged.
“The arrival of the vaccines in Uganda is a main 2nd and a concrete instance of world cohesion in action,” acknowledged EU Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Attilio Pacifici. “Ever since the outbreak of this extraordinary crisis, which is affecting all of us, the European Union and its Member States possess supported Uganda and our diversified African partners in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“Health care suppliers had been pivotal in managing the COVID-19 pandemic in Uganda. With their wanted role, coping with patients comes the excessive probability of being contaminated with the disease. We, as a result of this truth, belief it intellectual to possess them immunized first alongside with lecturers to present protection to them,” acknowledged the WHO Representative to Uganda, Dr. Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam.
“We namely desire to thank the donor partners including the European Union, the UK Authorities, The usa of The United States and others for the befriend they made to COVAX thru GAVI to construct this that it is seemingly you’ll be succesful to judge of,” he added.
UNICEF Representative in Uganda, Dr. Munir Safieldin acknowledged, “On the novel time marks the biggest milestone for Uganda. UNICEF is labored as a lot as be a key accomplice within the COVAX Facility by guaranteeing that the vaccines are delivered– to the of us who want them most.”
“Unless we offer protection to health care suppliers, health programs will remain overwhelmed, and the most inclined young of us will proceed to lose entry to lifestyles-saving providers and products, risking years of growth and ensuing within the poorest young of us falling additional within the abet of. The quicker we are able to fight the pandemic, the quicker Uganda can salvage better, ensuing in faculties re-opening, health facilities functioning and guaranteeing that serious disruptions to young of us’s lives discontinue,” Safieldin underlined.
The main neutral of the National Deployment Vaccination Concept (NDVP) is to vaccinate as a lot as 49.6% per cent of the inhabitants in a phased manner. Every fragment is supposed to conceal 20% of the inhabitants. The eligible inhabitants contains of folk 18 years and above.