October 20, 2021

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France, Belgium give Uganda 655,053 vaccines

State Minister for Primary Healthcare, Margaret Muhanga, received the vaccines

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Government of Uganda has received an additional 501,153 and 153,900 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the Governments of France and Belgium, respectively.

The consignments received by Margaret Muhanga will be used to continue the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination exercise.

Of the 655,053 doses, Belgium gave 153,900 doses and France 501,153 doses through the COVAX facility sharing arrangement.

The State Minister for Primary Healthcare, Margaret Muhanga, who received the vaccines from the two country’s ambassadors to Uganda, at the National Medical Stores (NMS) on Thursday said they will mainly be used to inoculate priority groups waiting for their second dose.

State Minister for Primary Healthcare, Margaret Muhanga, with French and Belgian ambassadors

“To date Uganda has received a total of 2,153,140 doses of the AstraZeneca, 300,000 doses of the Sinovac, 647,080 of Moderna, 1,674,270 doses of Pfizer and now 655,053 additional doses of Astrazeneca to support the mass Covid 19 vaccination exercise,” she said.

Muhanga said the ministry is set to unveil a mass vaccination campaign against Covid-19 across the country starting September 27 to October 8 in order to deploy the vaccine stocks that have been received this month.

“We have so far vaccinated 1,257,110 people with the first dose while 520,575 people have received their second dose. Before we open the Universities, higher institutions of learning we need all the students to be vaccinated, we envisage most of them are above 18 years of age,” she added.

The French ambassador Jules- Armand Aniambossou said the consignment to Uganda was part of a French donation of 10 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to the African Union.

The Belgian ambassador, Rudi Veestraeten said the 153,900 doses are part of 344,800 vaccine jabs Belgium plans to donate to Uganda to contribute to stepping up the vaccination campaign for teachers and reopening schools.

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