New Twist In COVID-19 Fight: Uganda Approves Mixing Of AstraZeneca & Pfizer Vaccines Due To Shortages

New Twist In COVID-19 Fight: Uganda Approves Mixing Of AstraZeneca & Pfizer Vaccines Due To Shortages

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By Spy Uganda

Kampala: Uganda’s Ministry of Health has said those who missed the second dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine will be allowed to take the Pfizer vaccine so as to be fully vaccinated.

“These are the only brands that can be mixed. You can get your second dose as AstraZeneca or Pfizer. If you got AstraZeneca first as dose one and there is no AstraZeneca for your second dose you can get Pfizer,” Director for General Duties at the Ministry of Health, Dr Henry Mwebesa, said on Tuesday. (https://vulcanpost.com)

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on vaccines earlier said in June that the Pfizer vaccine could be used as a second dose after an initial dose of AstraZeneca if the latter is not available.

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However, the WHO warned against individuals mixing various vaccines, saying the decision should be left to public health authorities.

Dr Mwebesa also said that the Chinese vaccine, Sinovac, cannot be mixed with others, while Johnson & Johnson can only be administered as a single shot.

The Health Ministry’s spokesperson, Mr Emmanuel Ainebyoona, said Uganda would receive a donation of 647,010 doses of the Pfizer vaccine between July 21 and July 27.

The development comes at a time when results of COVID-19 tests done on 13 July 2021 confirmed 406 new cases that bring the cumulative confirmed cases to 89,080.

The breakdown of the new cases are; 406 Contacts and Alerts: Kampala (202) Kalungu (23) Kyotera (21) Wakiso (22) Tororo (14) Kagadi (12) Nakaseke (9) Luwero (8) Isingiro (8) Gulu (10) Pader (8) Kiryandongo (7) Kapchorwa (7) Arua (5) Sironko (5) Masaka (5) Busia (4) Kabale (3).
Others are; Mubende (3) Jinja (3) Kibuku (3) Adjumani (3) Lira (3) Namayingo (2) Mukono (2) Rakai (2) Moyo (1) Butebo (1) Amuru (2) Buikwe (1) Buvuma (1) Mbarara (2) Abim (1) Kasese (1) Soroti (1) 1 Truck Drivers: Mutukula (1).
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