Uganda, on Wednesday evening, welcomed the third batch of AstraZeneca COVID19 vaccines.
The vaccines arrived aboard a KLM plane and were received by the senior public relations officer of the ministry of health, Ainebyoona Emmanuel, accompanied by officials from the government and the National Medical stores.
This particular consignment is of 175,200 doses donated by the French government under the COVAX program. This will be an addition to the 864,000 doses the country received in March and 100,000 more from the government of India. Currently, 786,160 people in the country have been vaccinated against COVID19 using the Astrazeneca vaccine. The new doses will be stored at the National Medical Stores for onward distribution throughout the country, as confirmed by PR Officer Sheilah Nduhukire on Twitter.
The new consignment comes when the country is deep in the trenches in a battle with the second wave of the spread of the coronavirus. The wave has seen a rapid increase in positive cases reported, deaths registered and left the country spread thinly on oxygen support, ICU beds, and hospital space.