Uganda Will Receive the First Doses of COVID 19 Vaccines in March 2021 - Rugunda

Uganda will receive the first doses of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines in March 2021, said Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda.

Uganda Will Receive the First Doses of COVID 19 Vaccines in March 2021 - Rugunda

The Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda revealed that 9 million doses have been ordered and vulnerable groups will be the first to be vaccinated when the vaccine rollout gets underway.

Rugunda was responding to a question raised by Kasilo County MP Elijah Okupa who tasked government to explain Uganda’s preparedness to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

"Government of Uganda through the ministry of Health has worked with the international community through Covax; that is the body trying to get vaccines, especially to the developing countries, working with GAVI and 9 million doses have been ordered. As to when arrival of these vaccines will take place - we want them to arrive as quickly as possible. The tentative time that is expected is around March," said Rugunda.

The ministry says that the vaccines will cover 20 per cent of Uganda’s population and that other plans are underway to secure additional doses of the vaccine to cover more people.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are three COVID-19 vaccines which certain national regulatory authorities have been advised to use and although none have yet received WHO EUL/PQ authorization, nations like United States of America, United Kingdom, Germany have started immunizing their citizens with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.