Uganda to receive second batch of COVID-19 vaccine doses

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FILE:Photo taken on March 5, 2021 shows AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccines from COVAX vaccine sharing program being unloaded from a plane at Entebbe International Airport, Uganda. (Xinhua/Hajarah Nalwadda)

Uganda will receive its second batch of COVID-19 vaccine doses on Wednesday June 16.

World Health Organization Uganda on Tuesday announced that the country is set to receive the second batch of COVID-19 vaccines including 175,200 doses from the COVAX facility, a donation from the Embassy of France in Uganda.

This comes at a time when the country is running short of medical oxygen as grapples with the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.

Xinhua earlier reported that, Diana Atwine, permanent secretary at the ministry of health, said in an interview with local media on Monday that there was a high demand of oxygen due to the surge in numbers of COVID-19 patients in High Dependency Units and Intensive Care Units (ICU) across the country.

According to the country’s health ministry, Uganda had as at June 14 recorded 63,099 positive coronavirus cases and 434 deaths.

 

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