Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has told Parliament that Uganda has already placed orders for the COVID-19 vaccine which is expected in the country in March next year.
Kasilo Member of Parliament, Elijah Okupa, during a plenary sitting on Friday, tasked the Prime Minister to inform the nation when the vaccine will reach the country as other countries Europe and America have already started vaccinating their citizens.
“Madam Speaker, a number of countries are already applying for COVID-19 vaccine. I would want the Prime Minister to tell us the level of preparedness in government,” said Okupa.
“People want to know when the first vaccine will arrive and when will Ugandans will receive the first dose in order to save the population from the terrible situation we are experiencing,” noted Okupa.
Rugunda, who is also the Leader of Government business in Parliament, said Government has already ordered 9 million dozes of the vaccine through the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunization (GAVI).
“The Government has worked in concert with the international community to order for the 9 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The tentative time for the arrival is March 2021,” said Rugunda.
Uganda has by December 2020 registered 29,361 cases of COVID-19 and 228 deaths.