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President Museveni Still Undecided on COVID-19 Vaccine to Use

President Museveni Doing Push-Ups

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is still undecided on which, of the COVID-19 vaccines, he will use to protect himself against coronavirus.

He disclosed this in a nationwide televised address from State House on Sunday evening.  His remarks follow the commencement of the COVID-19 vaccination exercise in the country using the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. 

Museveni, who is 75 years of age, said that his ‘people’ are still studying, which of the vaccines will be effective for him. 

In most African countries and others around the world, top leaders have been among the first people to receive the COVID-19 jab to give confidence to the population amid the several fears, myths, and misconceptions surrounding the vaccine.  

However in his address, Museveni said that in addition to considering which vaccine to use, he decided to delay his vaccination to give health workers who are at high risk the first chance.

According to the health ministry, over 1215 people mostly health workers have so far received the COVID-19 jab.

Although Museveni is still undecided on which vaccine to use, he says that country will procure more of Oxford/AstraZeneca from India. The country had ordered 18 million doses of the vaccine. 

Available statistics indicate that 40,581 people have been infected by the deadly virus. Of these 12,313 people have recovered while 334 others succumbed to the disease. Apparently, 24 people are still admitted to hospitals.     

The use of the AstraZeneca vaccine has however sparked debate elsewhere.

Several countries, including DRC – Uganda’s neighbour in the West, have suspended the use of the vaccine as a precautionary measure or banned its use after recording adverse reactions among some users. In some countries, some people are claimed to have developed clots after using the vaccines.

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