President Yoweri Museveni, will Saturday July 31, address the nation on the next step before the current extended lockdown ends, Senior Presidential Press Secretary, Lindah Nabusayi has revealed.
Slated for 8pm, the presidential address on Covid-19 will give an update on the country’s fight against the pandemic and related issues.
“President Kaguta Museveni will this Saturday July 31, 2021 starting at 8pm address Ugandans on COVID19 and related issues,” Ms Nabusayi disclosed.
She added that the address will be broadcast live on all television and radio stations.
Yesterday (Monday), Dr Monica Musenero, the Chief Epidemiologist at the Covid-19 Taskforce said government still aims to inoculate 22 million people, about half of the country’s population, to enable the economy to fully re-open.
Dr Musenero who is also a presidential advisor on epidemics said that lifting coronavirus containment protocols before mass vaccination will have repercussions.
“This is a tough time. It’s because we are fighting a very dangerous enemy. This walk hasn’t been easy but here we are, we have achieved something together, with the lockdown in place, we have managed to bring down the cases which were just climbing astronomically and soon we shall start to see a steady decline in death due to Covid-19,” she said.
The epidemiologist noted that government has been frustrated by the difficulties in accessing the vaccines but praised the lockdown saying “it was in itself meant to push down numbers”.
“The lockdown helped us to bring down numbers. You all saw the deaths, hospitals were filled to capacity, but we managed to contain that. The lockdown has helped us so much in stopping the spread,” she added.
Health Minister, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, recently said government has finalised legal requirements for the purchase of two million Johnson and Johnson vaccines through the Africa Export-Import Bank and the African Union.
She said government is at different stages for securing doses from Cuba, Russia, China and the UK.
Uganda has so far received only 1.14 million doses through the Covax facility and the Indian government.
It is also due to receive a batch of 285,600 doses under Covax in a few weeks, another of 688,800 in August and a donation of 300,000 doses from Sinovac later this month.
Uganda has administered over one million doses and registered about 92,724cases since March last year.