According to the Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, while the variant seems to spread faster, it does not seem to cause severe disease like the Delta variant which was detected in June 2021. Delta accounts for more than half of the country's total cases and deaths that stand at 127,755 and 3,261 respectively.
The minister of health, Dr Jane Ruth Acenf says the variant has not yet been detected in Uganda. She however adds that as a measure to ensure early detection of the variant, genome sequencing will be carried out on all COVID-19 positive tests of travelers entering the country by land or air.
According to Ugandan scientists, the virus keeps on mutating due to pressure from vaccines and therapeutics. They say the only way Ugandans will be able to protect themselves is by adhering to SOPs and getting vaccinated using newer versions of vaccines formulated to deal with new variants
According to WHO many vaccines under production might not have an effect on the variant and as such vaccination cannot be stopped. With Pfizer and Astraenca vaccines having similar results, the UN health agency wants African countries to disregard findings from studies and continue with planned vaccinations