Feb, 24th 2021 – Uganda’s Health Minister has denied claims that the country’s top government officials have received the Covid jab ahead of the country formally receiving vaccines.
The claims had been published in the local newspaper Daily Monitor and American newspaper Wall Street Journal. The country that is to receive donations of 100,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from India and another 300,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine from China has recorded 40,221 positive cases of coronavirus.
According to recommendations by FDA for drugmakers, they are to address the impact of emerging COVID-19 variants on their products.
FDA Commissioner Janetr Woodcock in a press conference said, “We need to identify efficient ways to modify the products that are either in the pipeline or are EUA products to address these variants.”
She emphasized on treatments being monitored to ensure that the performance is altered to make it more suitable to fight the virus.
Ugandan scientists had already developed a home-grown natural product in collaboration with the Ministry of Health Uganda, Makerere University School of Public Health, and Mulago Hospital, among other stakeholders.
President Yoweri Museveni congratulated scientists involved in the breakthrough in the fight against the virus and promised to prioritize the sector during his next term in office.
He said, “I congratulate Ugandan scientists for coming up with the treatment for COVID-19 which will bring smiles to Ugandan patients,”
He added, “You must build an independent Uganda. We are working on the vaccine and treatment by ourselves.”