Uganda Receives 175,200 More Covid-19 Doses as Cases Jump


Uganda received 175,200 AstraZenaca doses from the Covax initiative, shoring up depleting stocks as a spike in infections increases demand for inoculations.

The vaccines are part of a batch of 800,000 doses donated by France to Covax and distributed to African nations, according to Evan O’Connell, a senior media relations manager at Gavi.

The delivery is the third since Uganda received 864,000 AstraZeneca doses early March manufactured by the Serum Institute of India and a donation of 100,000 doses by the south Asian country.

Uganda had inoculated 806,129 people by June 16, while infections jumped 39% since the end of May to 65,631 cases. The government aims to inoculate 21.9 million people, starting with a priority 4.8 million comprising health workers, teachers, security personnel and the elderly, President Yoweri Museveni has said, without giving timelines.

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