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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