By Spy Uganda
Canada has donated nearly 2 million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Uganda, according to the United Nations.
The shipment was part of Canada’s commitment to the WHO-led COVAX vaccine sharing facility.
In a statement on Saturday, the UN children’s fund, UNICEF, said 1,904,140 doses had been received by Uganda’s ministry of health.
“This first donation of the Canadian-financed vaccines to Uganda is a significant moment and a concrete example of global solidarity in action,” Uganda’s Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said.
“We especially want to thank the Government of Canada for the timely and critical support they made to COVAX to make this possible,” she added.
Global Affairs Canada (GAC) confirmed that this was Canada’s first donation to Uganda through the COVAX facility.
“Canada is committed to a comprehensive and global response to the pandemic. We are working to ensure that countries across the world have access to COVID-19 vaccines,” Jason Kung, a spokesperson for GAC said.
The development comes at a time when the country has in total registered 126,889 cases and yesterday alone confirmed 56 new cases.
The breakdown of the new cases is:
56 Alerts And Contacts: Kabarole (13), Bunyangabu (6), Wakiso (4), Mbarara (4), Kamwenge (3), Gulu (3), Apac (3), Mbale (2), Kampala (6), Kabale (1), Masaka (1), Mpigi (1), Namisindwa (1), Kisoro (1), Masindi (1), Kiryandongo (1) Amuru (3) and Isingiro (2).