United States donated 647,080 COVID-19 vaccines to Uganda

"The arrival of this shipment in Uganda is very timely as the demand for vaccination is currently exceeding the available supply of vaccines," Dr. Munir Safieldin

By Catherine Ntabadde
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07 September 2021

It was 6 September 2021 at 18:15 p.m. when a Qatar Airways flight touched down Entebbe International Airport. Good news for Uganda again as the country received a consignment of 647,080 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines donated by the U.S. Government.

“The United States is committed to ending the COVID-19 pandemic as quickly as possible. These U.S. donated COVID-19 vaccines will save Ugandan lives.” These were some of the words echoed by the U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Natalie E. Brown while speaking to the media a few minutes after receiving the consignment alongside Uganda’s Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng Acero, UNICEF Representative in Uganda, Dr. Munir Safieldin, USAID, CDC, Ministry of Health, National Medical Stores and National Drug Authority officials.
Brown added, “We are in this together. We will overcome this virus.” 

Minister Aceng Acero couldn’t agree more as she applauded the U.S. Government, the African Union, the COVAX facility, UNICEF and several partners who have contributed to ensuring that Uganda vaccinates its planned 22 million targeted population to save lives and to revive the economy in addition to fully re-opening the country and schools where some learners in lower classes have not seen a classroom for the last 2 years, since the epidermic struck.

The U.S. Government donation of doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine were shipped to Uganda by UNICEF on behalf of the COVAX facility. UNICEF is leading efforts to procure and supply doses of COVID-19 vaccines for COVAX.

Brown noted that the donation to Uganda is a critical component of the Biden-Harris Administration’s global efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister Aceng Acero explained that the Moderna vaccine received on 6 September will be strictly administered to the priority population groups who have not received their 1st dose of any COVID-19 vaccine.

“The Moderna vaccine is administered in 2 doses, 4 weeks apart. It should be noted that the Moderna vaccine cannot be mixed with any other COVID-19 vaccine currently being rolled out in the country,” she further revealed.

Dr. Safieldin said as a key COVAX Facility partner, UNICEF Uganda appreciates the nearly 647.080 vaccines dose-sharing by the USA Government. 

“This generous donation by the United States Government follows previous contributions made to COVAX to vaccinate the world and end the pandemic in 2022. These vaccines are the first donation directly from United States Government to Uganda, via the COVAX and transported by UNICEF. The arrival of this shipment in Uganda is very timely as the demand for vaccination is currently exceeding the available supply of vaccines. This is the first time that Moderna vaccines have been received in Uganda and widens the portfolio of COVID-19 vaccines available for the national vaccination rollout,”

he told the media at Entebbe International Airport.

He reiterated that all the vaccines available through COVAX are safe and effective and urged all Ugandans– especially the health workers and teachers to get vaccinated as soon as advised to do so by the Ministry of Health.