Wastage! Uganda’s MoH To Dustbin Over 283033 Expired Doses Of COVID Vaccines, Only 240000 Administered

Wastage! Uganda’s MoH To Dustbin Over 283033 Expired Doses Of COVID Vaccines, Only 240000 Administered

By Spy Uganda

Kampala: The number of COVID-19 vaccinations administered in Uganda is nearing 240,000 marks, as healthcare workers continue administering inoculations across the country.

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According to the health ministry, some 239,617 Ugandans have already received their firsts jabs of the vaccines.

According to reports, the available vaccines are due to expire by July 2021.

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It is worth noting that Uganda received 964,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine through the Covax global sharing initiative and a donation from the Indian government in March but by April 18, only 239,617 doses had been used in the last 38 days.

This means that about 6,305 people are being vaccinated each day and only 441,350 doses will have been used within the 70 days left to exhaust the remaining doses before they expire.

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This means that at least 283,033 doses will be left to expire.

Uganda, like many other countries globally, hopes the vaccinations can help contain the pandemic which has raged on for more than a year.

The East African country launched its mass vaccination drive on March 10, having received 964,000 doses of vaccines through donations.

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The drive targets healthcare workers, the elderly and other groups considered high-risk, including teachers.

The health ministry has reiterated on many occasions the need to continue adhering to guidelines aimed at curbing further spread of the virus, including wearing face masks.

By Tuesday, Uganda had reported 41,396 infections with 339 deaths.

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