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Museveni not yet vaccinated against COVID-19 - minister Aceng

Health minister Jane Ruth Aceng

Health minister Jane Ruth Aceng

Health minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng has dismissed media reports indicating President Yoweri and his inner circle have already been vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19).

Addressing the media at the ministry of Health headquarters, Aceng said the only COVID-19 vaccines that have so far come into the country were from China and exclusively for Chinese nationals in Kapeeka. She said no other person or Ugandan has had access to the coronavirus jabs within the country.

Below is Dr Aceng's slightly abridged statement in full

The ministry of Health has noted with concern an article that was published in today's Daily Monitor titled 'Museveni 'inner circle' got Covid jabs - US Paper.'

The Monitor article further quotes an American newspaper, The Wall Street Journal that reported that "Members of President Yoweri Museveni's inner circle were offered vaccines from China state-owned drug maker Sinopharm."

On behalf of the ministry of Health and government of Uganda, I want to categorically state that NEITHER PRESIDENT YOWERI MUSEVENI NOR ANY OF HIS 'INNER CIRCLE' HAVE BEEN VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19 as alleged by both The Daily Monitor and the American newspaper, The Wall Street Journal.

Both media houses are spreading false and unfounded information with a potential of misleading the population and defaming the name of the president.

In December 2020, the government of Uganda, upon request from the Chinese embassy in Uganda, authorized the importation of 4,000 doses of the Chinese COVID-19 vaccine for Liao Shen Industrial Park in Kapeeka, Nakaseke district through Sino Africa Medicines and Health Ltd strictly for exclusive use by the said Chinese nationals in the park.

The ministry would like to reiterate that these vaccines have not been used for any Ugandan other than the target population (the Chinese nationals living in Kapeeka).

Uganda will access COVID-19 vaccines as follows:

i) AstraZeneca vaccines from Serum Institute of India: Of the 18 million doses ordered for, 400,000 doses will be initially provided for by Mid-March 2021. The rest will be provided in phases.

ii) Donations under the COV AX facility; The COV AX facility has communicated a tentative allocation of 3,552,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Uganda. Of the above allocation, 864,000 doses will be shipped into the country by mid-March 2021 while the rest will be provided on a quarterly basis in the course of 2021.

iii) A donation of 100,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from the Government of India. The ministry is concluding on the requirements for shipping. The arrival date of these vaccines will be communicated in due course.

iv) A donation of 300,000 doses of the Chinese COVID-19 vaccine from The People's Republic of China has been communicated to the government of Uganda. However, modalities of receipt of the vaccine have not yet been concluded.

It is important to note that none of the above mentioned vaccines have arrived into the country. Currently, the National Drug Authority (NDA) has only registered the AstraZeneca vaccine for use in Uganda.

NDA is still in the process of registering the other vaccines. Therefore, His Excellency, the president or his team could not have been vaccinated with vaccines that have not arrived into the country and duly cleared by NDA.

The government of Uganda will provide a clear and comprehensive vaccination implementation plan to the country and this will be officially communicated by the minister of Health.

As per the requirements of the Public Health Act, the ministry of Health will issue a statutory instrument to guide vaccination against COVID-19.


I would like to appreciate the media, both locally and internationally and the general public who have continued to support the COVID-19 response which has enabled us prevent further spread of the virus.

However, I want to appeal to the Fourth estate to always verify information from the respective authorities to avoid derailing the population from the gains we have achieved thus far.


+1 #1 WADADA rogers 2021-02-23 23:54
My dear sister Aceng, please dont defend the undefendables, the statement was that the inner circle got themselves vaccinated, you are not one of them and ofcourse you will never get to know inside information because you are an outsider.

The man himself loves himself so much, i would not be shocked to learn he has already received the vaccine with his family. The Wall Street Journal never write propaganda, they only write what has been verified and found to be true.
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+2 #2 Lysol 2021-02-24 00:01
That fragile old man cannot survive, if he gets the COVID-19.

With the poor healthcare system, he will have to be flown abroad to some country for treatment.

Maybe he has already got the cheap vaccine from the Chinese and he is just fooling the country as usual. Those of us who have already got the vaccines from elsewhere, only hope that the vaccines will be available soon to all Ugandans, for free without discrimination.
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-1 #3 Kasede 2021-02-24 00:37
" ,,, I want to appeal to the Fourth estate to always verify information from the respective authorities to avoid derailing the population from the gains we have achieved thus far. ,,, [Minister Acheng] WHO TRUSTS THOSE RESPECTIVE AUTHORITIES. Dear Madam?
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0 #4 kabayekka 2021-02-24 19:57
Indeed this is a leader who has just confirmed that this country has got drug treatments against COVID19.

Unless to have got the vaccines, he was trying to encourage lots of citizens of this country to get ready to accept to be injected in their arms with these types of foreign country vaccines.
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0 #5 Lakwena 2021-02-25 15:46
But Aceng, who cares whether or not our "Problem of Africa, Author and Master of Violence", and/or his entire family has been vaccinated against Covid-19!

In other words, trying to deceive us doesn't change a thing.

The man already told us that he is nobody's servant nor employee, and that: he only fights for himself, family and vanity.

Therefore whether he drops dead tomorrow, or goes on to live forever, because he has already been vaccinated; nobody will care a straw.
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