Uganda has received a donation of 1,674,270 doses of Pfizer vaccine from the US Government in support of the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination exercise.
The vaccines which reached Entebbe International Airport on Monday afternoon aboard the Fly Emirates were received by officials from the Ministry of Health, US Embassy, and WHO.
The Government of Uganda has received 1,674,270 doses of Pfizer vaccine from the US Government in support of the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination exercise. This is the largest consignment of COVID-19 vaccines received to-date,” the Ministry said in a tweet.
According to the National Medical Stores Spokesperson Sheila Nduhukire, the vaccines will be stored in highly specialized fridges at the National Medical Stores of up to -80 degrees.
“We have built sufficient capacity to store the vaccines because they require specialized cold storage of – 50 degrees which we have in plenty,” Nduhukire said.
She noted that the vaccines would be distributed according to the Ministry of Health Guidelines yet to be communicated.
Uganda has so far received two million one hundred and fifty-three thousand and one hundred and fifty dozes of Astra Zeneca and three hundred thousand doses of other types of Covid 19 vaccines. Moderna has also offered 647080 doses.
While receiving the Moderna vaccines a fortnight ago, the Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said the country hope to get 27 million vaccine doses including Johnson and Johnson, through the COVAX Facility and the African Union starting October, 2021.