By Goodluck Musinguzi
The Minister of Health, Hon Jane Ruth Aceng has come out to assure Ugandans that government has not received any Covid19 Vaccines secretly as alleged by both Daily Monitor and Wall Street Journal.
“I want to categorically state that neither President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, his aides not his family have been vaccinated against COVID-19 as alleged by both newspapers Daily Monitor and the American newspapers , The Wall Street Journal”.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has been at the forefront of fighting against the spread of Covid19 pandemic in Uganda. He has openly addressed Ugandans on each step from days of lockdown to the just concluded General Elections.
Hon Jane Ruth Aceng said the Chinese Embassy requested Government of Uganda to authorize the importation of of 4,000 doses of Chinese COVID-19 vaccine for Liao Shen Industrial Park in Kapeeka through Sino Africa Medicines and Health Ltd strictly for exclusive use by the said Chinese Nationals.
“The Ministry would like to reiterate that these vaccines have not been used for any Ugandan other than the target population(the Chinese nationals living in Kapeeka).
Uganda will access COVID19 vaccines as follows
1- AstraZeneca vaccines from Serum Institute of India: Of the 18 million doses ordered for 400,000 doses will be initially provided for by Mid-March 2021. The rest will be provided in phases.
2- Donations under the COVAX facility; The COVAX facility has communicated a tentative allocation of 3,552,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Uganda. Of the above allocation 864,000 doses will be shipped into the country by mid-march 2021 while the rest will be provided on a quarterly basis in the course of 2021.
3- A donation of 100,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from the Government of India. The Ministry of Health is concluding on the requirements for shipping.
4- A donation of 300,000 doses of the Chinese Covid19 vaccine from the people’s Republic of China has been communicated to the Government of Uganda. However, modalities of receipt of the vaccine have not yet been concluded.
Hon Jane Ruth Aceng said “It is important to note that none of the above mentioned vaccines have arrived into the country. Currently the Uganda National Drug Authority has only registered the AstraZeneca vaccine for use in Uganda. NDA is still in the process of registering the other vaccines.
She said therefore His Excellency, the President or his team could not have been vaccinated with vaccines that have not arrived into the country and duly cleared by NDA.
The Government of Uganda will provide a clear and comprehensive vaccination implementation plan to the country and this will be officially communicated by the Minister of Health.
Hon Jane Ruth Aceng says as per the requirements of the Public Health Act the Ministry of Health will issue a statutory instrument to guide vaccination against COVID-19.
Dr Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health and Lt Col Dr Henry Kyobe, the incident Commander of the COVID-19 response attended the Press Conference.
Mercy Ahimbisibwe a voter said she believes President Museveni cannot betray Ugandans on Covid19 pandemic. He has been there for us throught the years.
“The media has exaggerated negative news on covid19 but it turns out fake all the time. Uganda has performed well as regards the fight against Covid19 Pandemic”.