KAMPALA, 5 February 2021 – The government of Uganda says it will import 18 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to benefit nine million of its citizens.
Uganda’s ministry of health and the National Medical Stores (NMS) ordered the vaccines from AstraZeneca via the Serum Institute of India.
Authorities say the inoculation campaign will target people aged 50 and above, those with underlying health conditions, healthcare workers, security personnel and teachers.
The order placed by Uganda will only be confirmed after Uganda remits a down payment of at least $5 million, according to Dennis Katungi, Communications and Media Relations Manager at the Uganda Media Center.
According to the NMS, the costs per dose of the vaccine is $7 (about Shs25,000) or $14 for the two doses needed per person.
Shipping and handling costs are estimated at $3 per dose for a cost of $17 to get a full dose to Uganda.
Uganda has recorded 39,735 cases of COVID-19 for 327 fatalities and 14,310 full recoveries, as of Friday.