State House authorities in Kampala have revealed that several Ugandans were vaccinated with water for Covid-19 vaccine after results that were obtained from the samples taken from the alleged fake Covid vaccine returned positive.
The report further confirmed that over 800 people and an undisclosed number of clients from several companies in the Kampala Metropolitan area received fake Covid-19 jabs during that time.
Speaking to local newspaper, Daily Monitor, Dr. Warren Naamara, the director of State House Health Monitoring Unit revealed that the suspects behind the fake covid-19 vaccine circulation, including a doctor, who is currently on the run, duped several people and companies and injected them with water disguised as AstraZeneca vaccines between the period of May 15 and June 17.
State House detectives also confirmed arresting two nurses from Nakawa, Kampala, on accusations of vaccinating people using the fake vaccine and they were remanded to Kitalya Prison.
Dr Naamara yesterday said a number of suspected fake Covid-19 vaccine vials with the genuine ones were sent to the Directorate of Government Analytical Laboratory in Wandegeya and National Drug Authority (NDA) for analysis.
The NDA forwarded the suspected fake Covid-19 sample to Serum Institute of India manufacturers of Vaccines & immuno-biologicals for comparison with genuine vaccines. The Serum Institute of India confirmed that the batch in question was never supplied in Uganda. It further confirms that the product label details were falsified.
The Government Analytical Laboratory also confirmed that the seized vaccines were not similar to the genuine vials.
“The fake vaccines were more of water than anything else from the chemical contents as it was analysed,” he said.
Dr Naamara said the population that received the fake jabs should understand that they are not poisoned and not in danger.
“All persons and cooperate companies who were vaccinated at a fee, especially within the premises of work by the suspect still at large are advised to get a free Covid-19 jab at the Ministry of Health approved vaccination centres ,” he said.
The State House director also said the public should continue accessing the vaccination at Kiswa Health Centre IV because the forgery of those implicated occurred outside the facility.
Additional Reporting By Benson Tumusiime (DM)