Uganda has received a donation of 647,080 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from the United States of America through the COVAX facility.
The vaccines were handed over to the Ugandan government by the US Ambassador to Uganda Natalie E. Brown.
The USA ambassador said that the United States of America is committed to continue sharing safe and effective vaccines with people around the world as fast as possible until COVID-19 is defeated.
The vaccines were received by the Health Minister, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng who said that these will be strictly administered to vulnerable population groups which have not received their first doses.
“The Moderna vaccine that we have received today will be strictly administered to the priority population groups who have not received their 1st dose of any COVID-19 vaccine,” Dr. Aceng said.
Dr. Aceng said that the population groups which will receive Moderna doses should expect to get two doses, four weeks apart.
The Health Minister warned that this type can not mixed with any other type of Covid-19 vaccine that we have in the country.
Uganda currently has AstraZeneca, Sinovac and now Moderna Covid-19 vaccine types.
Dr. Aceng said that the country also expects 1.6 million Pfizer vaccine doses before the end of September. These according to Dr. Aceng will also be received under the same Covax facility.
By Monday, a total of 1,044,871 people had received the 1st dose of the vaccine while 431,655 have received their 2nd dose in Uganda.