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Uganda Enlists 8 Covid-19 Vaccines For Procurement

Uganda Enlists 8 Covid-19 Vaccines For Procurement

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has enlisted eight vaccines for possible procurement in the fight against Covid-19. The listed vaccines include AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca EU, Sputnik Light, Sputnik V, Pfizer, and Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, and several others on the market.

The Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said they will avoid a mix-up of the vaccines.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has only advised the mixing of Pfizer and AstraZeneca pending ongoing research. Aceng said in a situation where different types of vaccines are secured, they will be administered regionally to avoid mixing them up.

‘’Whatever vaccine we get, we shall bring it in and then geographically map out the areas in administering the different vaccines in order to avoid mixing,’’ Aceng said.

She made these remarks on Thursday alongside WHO country representative, Dr. Yonas Tegegn and Norwegian Ambassador to Uganda, Elin Johansen.

This came shortly after WHO and the Norwegian Government agreed on a 12-months partnership worth over Shs8b. The partnership will see an improvement in Covid-19 vaccine coverage and uptake in Uganda through boosted financing.

The project is aimed at supporting the vaccination of at least 60% of the high-risk population eligible for vaccination.

‘’Vaccination is the most important efficient tool in order to beat the pandemic worldwide. Norway is working for global, equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines, including to African and other developing countries through the COVAX cooperation,’’ Elin said.

According to Elin the extended support will also facilitate transportation and administration of the vaccine inland.

According to the partnership agreement, WHO will work closely with the health ministry incident management team. It will also work with Makerere University College of Health Sciences, School of Public Health among other departments, to implement a variety of activities.

These activities will include equipping teams to timely report vaccination outputs daily using the district health information system platform. This will provide real-time data from the field to the national database.

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