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Uganda to procure 18m doses of COVID-19 vaccine

The Government of Uganda is set to procure 18 million doses of Astra Zeneca, a COVID-19 vaccine from India. The decision was taken from the cabinet meeting that was held on Monday at the State House in Entebbe, Let Out News Has learnt.

According to a statement from the meeting, 18 million doses of the drug have already been ordered.

“The Ministry of Health working together with the National Medical Stores (NMS) has placed an order of eighteen million (18,000,000) doses of the Astra Zeneca vaccine from the Serum Institute of India.”

The Statement also indicates that the vaccine will be used to vaccinate persons from the age of 50 years and above, those with underlying health conditions, health workers, security personnel, teachers, and other essential social service providers in the country.

As per this arrangement, each of the eligible individuals will be receiving two doses separated by 28 days. Each dose is set to cost 7 US dollars (about 25,800 shs) which will amount to USD 14 per person, for the two doses. However, with international transportation and handling costs by the National Medical Stores estimated at 3 US dollars, the total cost of the vaccine regimen will be 17 dollars (62,600 shs) for everyone.

Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo stated that the COVAX facility which is managed by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) has already allocated 3, 552,000 doses of the Astra Zeneca vaccine due by end of February or beginning of March 2021.

“The indicative doses are expected to be available to Uganda on a quarterly basis, 35 – 40% available in Quarter 1 and 60-65% available in Quarter 2,” he said.

Opondo also said that there is another opportunity of receiving vaccines from the African Union through its mechanism which is being coordinated by the African Vaccines Delivery Alliance.

“Through this initiative, an initial 270 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been secured and are expected to grow.”

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