Uganda orders 18 mln doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine - (London South East via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Uganda’s government said the country has ordered 18 million doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, and up to 40% of the shipments are expected to arrive by the end of March, as reported in London South East.

  • The government said in a statement that the shots will be procured from the Serum Institute of India and will be purchased for $7 per dose.

  • The first doses will vaccinate people aged 50 years and older, people with underlying health conditions, health workers, security personnel, teachers and other essential social service providers, it said.

  • Uganda also expects to receive an extra 3.5 million doses of the same vaccine from the COVAX scheme, which will be arrive by early next month, the government said.

  • Meanwhile, Uganda announced last week that it had begun clinical trials of a domestically developed drug to cure COVID-19 infections.

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