Only vaccines approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Ministry of Health will be administered to Uganda’s population, Health Ministry officials have said.
This follows documents that have been making rounds on social media indicating the authorization to import a Chinese Covid-19 vaccine for Liao Shen Industrial Park- Kapeeka through Sino Africa Medicines and Health Ltd that have stirred up debates on the quality of the vaccine.
In a statement issued by the Director General Health Services, Dr Henry Mwebesa, the Chinese vaccine is still under research and its safety is not yet guaranteed.
“The Ministry would like to clarify that the Chinese COVID-19 vaccine is still under research. It is not yet approved for use by World Health Organisation (WHO). We are not sure of its potency or safety hence government cannot import it for use by Ugandans,” Mwebesa said.
Adding: “The Chinese in Kapeeka want to import the vaccine for use by Chinese nationals only since they claim they are already using it in their home country.”
He further remarked that Uganda already applied for a vaccine whose progress is promising.
“For Uganda, the ministry has quantified and applied for ‘Astra Zeneca covid-19 vaccine’ through the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) and the progress is in an advanced stage,” he said.
Mwebesa stated that the Astra Zeneca covid-19 vaccine’ is one that government is aware has gone through WHO clearance and approval and the people will be informed when the vaccine arrives in the country.
He emphasized that it is only the vaccines approved by Ministry of Health and WHO that can be administered to the population of Uganda.