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President Museveni To Address The Nation On Friday: Is There Hope For Re-Opening Economy With 4.8 Now Vaccinated?

The presidential senior press secretary Linda Nabusayi confirmed president Museveni will address the nation this Friday. She said he will be live on air at 8:00 pm across all TV and radio stations talking about the current Covid-19 situation.

A few weeks ago, President Museveni said bars, discos, concerts, and beaches remain closed. However, he said if they vaccinate at least 4.8 million people, the possibility of re-opening the economy will be clear.

The question is, will the economy be reopened if the 4.8M people receive the vaccine? This is having several Ugandans scratching their heads after the announcement of the National Presidential address.

Up until now, 4.83 million doses have been administered, and by Friday, the number would have grown significantly.

The president said these areas of focus tend to bring together large masses of people. In such situations, it is very hard for people to observe the standard operating procedures.

As a result, the president indicated that until they vaccinate 4.8 million people, he will not re-open such places. This is because they might harbor the further spread of the virus.

“While it is our aim to scale up vaccination for all the eligible Ugandans aged 18 and above, our immediate goal is to vaccinate the 4.8m priority population that is near ‘the fire’ as the government continues to mobilize for vaccines,” the president Museveni said.

In March 2020, the government announced a series of measures which included the closure of schools, worshiping places, bars, among others. The announcement came as a way of curbing the spread of the pandemic.

The government has since lifted some of the measures. However, others like the closure of bars remained in place. However, several bars have continued to operate in secret.

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