Development Partners in Uganda have called for equity in the
distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The partners note that underdeveloped countries should not
be made to wait longer for the vaccines.
They argue that access to the vaccine is a human rights issue and without the vaccine, the lives and
livelihood opportunities of millions of people in Africa will be severely
Speaking at the ceremony to hand over ambulances and essential
supplies worth 1.87 Million Euros to the Ministry of Health, the IGAD Executive Secretary Workneh Gebeyehu
said that in the next few months, all indications are that the ability to
travel, to work and to do business internationally will depend on one’s
He says that IGAD’s position is that access to the vaccine should
not be dependent on the economic capability of a country. He called on
to denounce “Vaccine
Nationalism” in all its forms but rather ensure that the Covax vaccine
and not monetized.
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The European Union Head of Delegation Attilio Pacifici said that the
EU will ensure that there is equal access to the vaccine. He says that the EU has provided a grant 267 billion
shillings to IGAD member states for COVID-19 response.
the EU is committed to supporting the COVID-19 fight.
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The EU in collaboration with IGAD and the United Nations donated ambulances and essential
supplies worth 1.87 Million Euros to the Ministry of Health to mitigate the health and
socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Personal Protective Equipment-PPEs and COVID-19 test kits will
be taken to the border points of Malaba, Busia, Elegu as well as the Adjumani refugee
camp and a mobile lab that will serve the refugee camps is due to be
The Minister of Health Jane Ruth Aceng asked
Ugandans to remain patient as they await for delivery of the Covid-19 vaccine. She said that new equipment will help in case, there is a second wave or
other variants of COVID-19.