Uganda to receive about 12.3M COVID-19 vaccines by early 2022

Photo shows a vial of the COVID-19 Vaccine/VCG

Uganda will receive at least 12.3 million COVID-19 vaccines by early 2022, according to the health authorities.

Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the health ministry spokesperson, told Xinhua by telephone Tuesday that the vaccines would be imported in a phased plan.

He said the ministry expects to receive 286,080 doses of AstraZeneca in the last week of July as well as 300,000 doses of Sinovac donated by China in the same period. Meanwhile, another 688,800 doses of AstraZeneca are expected in August.

“We also expect 2 million doses of Johnson & Johnson through Afri-Exim Bank and the African Union and 9 million doses of AstraZeneca by early 2022,” Ainebyoona said.

He also said there was a high possibility of receiving more vaccines than indicated as more countries are now willing to donate to Africa.

Uganda has so far vaccinated over one million people since the exercise started in March.

Scientists in the East African country say if they could immunize more than 21 million people, or nearly half the population, COVID-19 would be put at bay.

Uganda has so far registered 90,910 COVID-19 infections. So far, 2,412 people have died due to the virus since March last year.