Uganda on Monday received 647,080 doses of the Moderna vaccine through the COVAX facility, which the country says will boost the COVID-19 vaccination drive.
Health Minister Ruth Aceng tweeted that the doses were received from the United States.
“The Moderna vaccine that we have received today (Monday) will be strictly administered to the priority population groups who have not received their 1st dose of any COVID-19 vaccine,” the minister said.
Dr. Munir Safieldin, the UNICEF country representative says this is the second largest batch received so far and added that this is a true spirit of sharing. “No one is safe until everyone is safe.”
The US Ambassador Natalie E. Brown says the latest donation is part of the 110 million US Dollars worth of support offered towards Uganda’s response to COVID-19 since last year.
“The vaccine delivery is part of the US commitment to ending the COVID-19 pandemic as quickly as possible. These US donated COVID-19 vaccines will save Ugandan lives,” Brown noted.
Uganda will receive 1.6 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine under the same dose sharing arrangement before the end of this month, she said.
He added: the 647,080 Moderna vaccine doses will be administered to 300,000, target population who include teachers, health workers, security officers among others.
According to ministry figures, As of August 30, a total of 1.37m people had been vaccinated with AstraZeneca and Sinovac. Of these, 977,889 had received their first dose and 399,097 had received their second dose.
The country plans to vaccinate 22m people.