COVID-19: Relief As Uganda Receives 175,000 Doses Of Astrazeneca Vaccine

COVID-19: Relief As Uganda Receives 175,000 Doses Of Astrazeneca Vaccine

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By Spy Uganda

It was a moment of joy yesterday night as Uganda received an additional 175,000 doses of Astrazeneca vaccine making it third batch of Covid Vaccines to be delivered to Uganda.

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According to the Ministry of Health, the vaccines were donated to Uganda by the French government through COVAX facility, ”An additional 175,200 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has just arrived in country via KLM. Appreciation to FrenchEmbassyUg,UNICEFUganda and WHOUganda for the support.”

According to the Ministry of Health Spokesperson Ainebyoona Emmanuel vaccination will continue next week and priority will be given to people waiting for their second dose.

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This comes at a time when the country is running short of medical oxygen as grapples with the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.

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TheSpy Uganda earlier reported that, Diana Atwine, permanent secretary at the ministry of health, said in an interview with local media that there was a high demand of oxygen due to the surge in numbers of COVID-19 patients in High Dependency Units and Intensive Care Units (ICU) across the country.

The country has also seen new cases rising by 49 per cent in the last week, by 8,574, or 18.7 per 100,000, according to the World Health Organization’s weekly epidemiological report – one of the highest figures in Africa, the only part of the world currently reporting rising infections. It comes on top of a 131 per cent increase in cases last week, too.

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