KAMPALA — The Ministry of Health has confirmed 8 new COVID-19 cases from Friday June 19 samples—taking Uganda’s tally to 763.
Five of the new infections are truck from different Points of Entry including Elegu (3), Busia (1) and Malaba (1).
All the other cases contacts and alerts from Kyotera District
Additionally, 25 foreign truck drivers who tested positive for COVID-19 have been returned to their respective country of origin
According to Dr Henry Mwebesa, the Director General Services and the Ministry of Health Uganda’s coronavirus recoveries have reached 492.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng is optimistic that the world will have a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the year.
She says there are hundreds of projects around the world which are centred at finding a possible vaccine to protect people before they’re exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.
Aceng made reference to trials by Oxford University in England, with the hope that they are more likely to produce results for the world before the year ends.
The said vaccine uses a modified virus to trigger the immune system and it was reported to be effective against COVID-19 after it was given to six rhesus macque monkeys.
Through the agreement, the entities are supporting the manufacturing, procurement and distribution of 300 million doses of the vaccine, with delivery starting by the end of the year. In addition, the university and industry partnership reached a licensing agreement with the Serum Institute of India to supply one billion doses for low-and-middle-income countries, with a commitment to provide 400 million before the end of 2020.
Aceng says that she has already alerted the Ministry of Finance to be ready to spend on the vaccine in order to save the lives of Ugandans which are threatened by the spread of coronavirus disease.
She was speaking during an event to launch the drive to spray mosquitoes using Microbial Larvicide, in Kabale District last evening.