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NMS Runs Out of COVID-19 Vaccines

As of yesterday, a total of 774,818 doses of the 964,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines that were received in March had been administered, amongst Ugandans across the country. The remaining doses, expected to be about 146,000 are estimated to be stored at different local government storage units awaiting use.
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The National Medical Stores cold chain unit has run out of COVID-19 vaccines.

As of yesterday, a total of 774,818 doses of the 964,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines that were received in March had been administered, amongst Ugandans across the country. The remaining doses, expected to be about 146,000 are estimated to be stored at different local government storage units awaiting use.

Dr Alfred Driwale, the programme manager of the Uganda National Expanded Programme on Immunization says there are no more vaccines at NMS

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According to health officials, the majority of the people who have been fully vaccinated are health workers followed by the elderly and a few teachers. Records show that among the government's priority groups, a total of 96,718 teachers have been vaccinated, 76,500 security personnel and 92,000 people aged 50 and above. The number of vaccinated health workers stands at 60,617.

On average 143,000 vaccines are administered on a weekly basis as of last week. The available stocks are estimated to last until mid-next week. Dr Driwale says that the remaining vaccine stocks, as of yesterday, are not enough to last an entire week.

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As Uganda waits for India to remove the ban on the export of AstraZeneca vaccines, the country is now looking at a single dose Johnson&Johnson vaccine, Sinovac and the Russian vaccine- Sputnik V. The country is also expecting a donation of 100,000 Sinovac vaccines.

The country is set to receive an additional 175,200 doses of AstraZeneca from the COVAX facility, which, according to President Museveni,  should be used to administer a second jab for those who qualify. But what will happen after this? Dr Driwale says they will go back to the drawing board to look for more vaccines.

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However, Driwale says people need to manage their expectations when it comes to buying and receiving vaccines.

" We have expressed interest in these vaccines but that does not mean they are there waiting for us to buy them and use them. There is an ongoing vaccine shortage globally and this will affect when we get the vaccines. It's not about money anymore. It's the availability of vaccines," he explained.

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