Uganda has received
an additional 586,080 Covid-19 vaccine doses. The doses include 300,000 Sinovac
vaccine doses donated by the Chinese government and the rest are AstraZeneca
vaccine doses from the Norwegian government through the Covax facility.
This brings the total number of vaccine doses received to 1.7 million doses
through COVAX, and directly from the governments of India and China.
The latest batch of vaccine doses was received on Saturday by Dr Ruth Aceng,
the minister of health at head offices of National Medical Stores-NMS in
The government targets to vaccinate 22 million people, mainly health workers,
teachers, people with underlying conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and
Dr Aceng lauded the donors for their support towards the country's fight
against Covid-19. She noted that over one million people have been
vaccinated of which 240,771 people have received their second dose.
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Dr Aceng says the vaccination exercise is
expected to resume next week after NMS has delivered the doses to various
The NMS General Manager Moses Kamabare noted that distribution of the vaccines
will commence as soon as NMS receives the distribution list from the health
Aceng also said that the Vaccination Advisory Committee opposes the mixing of
vaccines. She added that they are yet to decide on the distribution of the Sinovac
vaccine and who will receive it.