Sumary of With More Doses, Uganda Takes Vaccination Drive to Markets:
- KAMPALA, UGANDA – At a taxi stand by a bustling market in Kampala, Uganda’s capital, traders simply cross a road or two, get a shot in the arm and rush back to their work.
- Until this week, vaccination centers were based mostly in hospitals in this East African country that faced a brutal COVID-19 surge earlier this year.
- “All of this we could have done earlier, but we were not assured of availability of vaccines,” said Dr. Misaki Wayengera, who leads a team of scientists advising authorities on the pandemic response, speaking of vaccination spots in downtown areas.
- Soon hundreds of millions of vaccine doses will be delivered to Africa through donations of excess doses by wealthy nations or purchases by the African Union.
- The African Union, representing the continent’s 54 countries, has ordered 400 million Johnson &
- Johnson doses, but the distribution of those doses will be spread out over 12 months because there simply isn’t enough supply.
- ” Uganda, a country of more than 44 million people, has recorded more than 120,000 cases of COVID-19, including just over 3,000 deaths, according to official figures.
- The country has given 1.65 million shots, but only about 400,000 people have received two doses, according to Wayengera.