Sheila Nduhukire, the NMS spokesperson said their trucks picked the vaccines from the airport for safe storage. "The vaccines are now in the safe hands of NMS and security. Doses will be stored for onward distribution across the country,” she said.
Vaccine doses being removed from belly of a KLM airline at Entebbe Airport. NMS Photo
received an additional 175,200 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
donated by the French government through the COVAX facility. The vaccines arrived in the country on Wednesday night aboard KLM airlines.
of officials from the Ministry of Health and National Medical Stores-NMS received
the vaccines at Entebbe International Airport. Sheila Nduhukire, the NMS Spokesperson said their trucks picked the vaccines from the airport for safe
"The vaccines are now in the safe hands of NMS and
security. Doses will be stored for onward distribution across the country,” she
said. The ministry of health is expected to communicate later today how
the doses will be distributed and the targeted recipients.
The vaccines come at
a time the country is grappling with a surging number of COVID-19 cases, a daily
average of 1,000 cases and over 65 deaths recorded in the last two weeks. The new doses bring to 1, 139,200, the number
of COVID-19 doses received in the country.
The first two batches, totalling 964,000 doses arrived in the country in March
and are expected to expire by July 10th, 2021. By June 13th, over 800,000
people including health workers, teachers, security personnel, airport staff,
the elderly and people with diabetes, hypertension and other underlying
conditions had been vaccinated.
Last week, the health ministry revealed that 14,460 COVID-19
vaccine doses went to waste because they were opened and not used. Scientists
say vaccines lose their potency and effectiveness if they are exposed to
temperatures outside of the required range or when exposed to light.
This implies that once a vial's seal is punctured, workers
have only six hours within, which to administer the vaccine. Each vial can
vaccinate 10 to 12 people. Catherine Makumbi Ntabadde, the UNICEF country
communication specialist, says Uganda is expected to receive another batch of
688,000 vaccine doses in August.
noted that these doses will be administered to people who will be getting their
Uganda gave UNICEF US$ 11million, about Shillings 38 billion to procure
COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX facility, with the aim of vaccinating 21
million people in a phased manner.