Uganda has received the third batch of Covid-19 vaccine doses donated by the French government through the COVAX facility as a boost towards the country’s fight against the deadly coronavirus.
The contingent of 175,200 Astra-Zeneca vaccine doses arrived at the Entebbe Airport at around 10:30 pm on Wednesday aboard a KLM flight and received by officials from the Ministry of Health and National Medical Stores (NMS).
According to Sheila Nduhukire the NMS Principal Public Relations Officer, the doses were then taken to their cold rooms in Entebbe.
“They will be dispatched to health facilities and vaccination centres across the country,” Nduhukire said.
The arrival of a third batch comes as a sigh of relief to the population after the country ran short of the vaccines, a situation that frustrated government efforts to vaccinate the high risk people.
Following the shortage of Covid vaccines at a time they are needed most, some private health facilities decided to make a kill out of the situation by selling the doses for a much as shs300,000.
Police last week arrested 12 people , recovered 803 used doses and, empty vaccine bottles , 1000 immunization cards in an operation targeting private health facilities selling Covid vaccines which are supposed to be administered free of charge to the public.