Uganda to destroy 400,000 doses of expired Covid-19 vaccines

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Uganda's Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng receives her first jab of the Covid-19 vaccine at Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala on March 10, 2021.

By Kwanta Douglas –

Uganda is set to destroy over 400,000 doses of expired Covid-19 vaccines at a time when less than half of the targeted 22 million people have been vaccinated.

Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng said the vaccines had been supplied to the northern part of Uganda, but were not used.

The expired doses are mainly Moderna and a few doses of AstraZeneca, she added.

Health State Minister Margaret Muhanga had a few weeks ago said the government is working on vaccination drives across the country, especially in northern Uganda where the uptake was low.

She said the low uptake of the vaccine had affected the fight against the virus.

“Due to low uptake of the vaccines, we started vaccination campaigns across the country, starting with the Teso, Lango sub-regions,” she said.

At the time, she said the target is to have over 15 million people vaccinated by the start of January 2022.

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