Relief as China gives Uganda 300,000 doses of Covid-19 Sinovac vaccine

President Museveni (right) engages the director of the office of the Central Committee for Foreign Affairs, Mr Yang Jiechi, after a meeting at State House, Entebbe on Saturday. In this picture President Museveni is unusually seen without a mask. PHOTO/PPU

China has given Uganda 300,000 doses of Covid-19 Sinovac vaccine.

The Chinese government donation was announced on Sunday by Chinese Special representative Yang Jiechi during a meeting with President Museveni at State House, Entebbe. 

Ugandan scientists had already advised the government to consider Sinovac and Britain’s AstraZeneca.

Uganda expects the vaccines to push for deployment of a vaccine to some 90 low and middle-income countries. The vaccines were  negotiated through the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX), a global initiative that brings together governments, manufacturers, and global health organisations. 

Mr Jiechi, a member of the China Communist Party  political bureau and director of the office of the Central Committee for Foreign Affairs, jetted into the country on Saturday night for a one-day visit as part of the five-nation tour.

He held meetings with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials led by Mr Sam Kutesa in Kampala, and later with President Museveni. 

Besides the Covid-19 vaccine donation, diplomatic sources told Daily Monitor that Mr Jiechi and the Ugandan team also discussed the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).

He reportedly told the Ugandan team to continue engagements with Kenyan government to agree on reaching the Malaba border.

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