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Uganda To Get Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine
Dr Diana Atwine, the permanent secretary ministry of health Uganda

Uganda To Get Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine Soon

The ministry of Health has announced that Uganda will access the COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca.

This they attribute to the evidence available and recommendations of the Scientific Advisory Committee.

The permanent secretary ministry of health Dr Diana Atwine announced following a meeting by the covid-19 task force team. President Museveni chaired the meeting at state house on Saturday 1-Jan-2021. Dr Atwine adds that government will also explore other traditional vaccines options. Among them is the Covid-19 vaccine from China upon approval from the World Health Organization.

She meanwhile assures Ugandans that access of the vaccine will be done in an equitable manner. They will start with the most vulnerable and those at more risk for example front line workers.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are 48 vaccines under clinical evaluation in various countries with prospects of release this year.

However, there is evidence to suggest that may make the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine more effective.

But even if a recipient loses something in terms of protection from infection, one dose still prompts an immune response that will help ward off serious illness.

The question now is, how fast can the MoH go? Ultimately it wants to get the vaccine as soon as possible but how soon is soon, especially with the increasing number of infections?

Likely setbacks

The major limiting factor may well be supply rather than the speed at which the MoH can vaccinate Ugandans. Now, if the ministry eliminates the supply issues, we may still have some government bureaucracy which in the end will take the health ministry forever to do their job.

We have seen the government failing to deliver masks to the entire popular like they promised. The food that was supposed to be distributed in two weeks took two months to reach vulnerable citizens.

We have also seen a lot of corruption in relation to the management of Covid-19.

With global demand for vaccines, ensuring there are enough doses ready-to-go is likely to be the biggest challenge the ministry will face.

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