Well if you were one of those people singing that this is your year, you had better change the dates and claim next year probably.
This was after State Minister for Primary Health Care Margret Muhanga revealed that government has plans to fully open up the economy by the first week of 2022.
She revealed this at the handing over ceremony of over 1.6 (1,674, 270) million doses of the Pfizer vaccine from the USA.
While handing over these vaccines, US ambassador to Uganda, Natalie Brown said that the US government is committed to helping Uganda till the Covid 19 pandemic is over.
“USA has so far donated 2,321,350 vaccines to Uganda. Today the US has provided Covid 19 related assistance valued at 111M USD equivalent to 4 billion shillings to help Uganda prevent, diagnose and treat covid 19 cases. We will continue doing all we can to support the Ugandan people until this pandemic ends,” Natalie Brown the US ambassador to Uganda said.
“The Government of Uganda has received 1,674,270 doses of Pfizer vaccine from the US Government in support of the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination exercise. This is the largest consignment of COVID-19 vaccines received to-date,” the ministry of Health also announced through their social media pages.
While receiving the vaccines at Entebbe International airport, the permanent secretary of the ministry of health Dr Diana Atwine said that Ugandans should be confident in the government that vaccines e will be made available.
She also said that those who want the AstraZeneca vaccine will also be made available because it’s arriving on Wednesday this week.
Dr Atwine also said that they made a request for vaccines from Johnson and Johnson through the African Union and expect the first batch to arrive in October.
“Those that want the AstraZeneca vaccine will be getting them on Wednesday. We are going to conduct a special campaign in Kampala metropolitan so that we increase the intake of the vacine. We have placed an order from Johnson and Johnson through the African Union. They had talked of the end of October to have received a certain amount although the actual date is not yet communicated,” Dr Atwine said.
She however said that the Pfizer vaccine will be administered to the people in Kampala because it can’t be transferred to rural areas.
This is due to the fact that this vaccines require extremely negative temperatures which health facilities in rural areas don’t have.
Minister Muhangs who was also present at the airport receiving the vaccines said that they are going to try and have the vulnerable people fully vaccinated so that the economy can be fully opened by the first week of January 2022.
“Once the all the vulnerable people we talked about are fully vaccinated,we shall open the economy including schools for which we have already planned over these past three months, everything must open by the first week of January,” Margaret Muhanga said.