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Uganda to recieve first batch of Ebola vaccine next week

By: Melanie Aanyu

Aanyu Melanie | 95timefm

In what might turn out to be a ray of hope; Uganda is expected to receive her first batch of Ebola vaccines and drugs in the course of next week.

This was revealed by Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, the Minister of Health during the High-level Ministerial meeting on cross-border Collaboration for Preparedness and Response to Ebola Virus Disease at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

The current Ebola Sudan strain that is ravaging Uganda has no approved vaccines at the moment and those that are going to be shipped in, will be for trial purposes.

It is now more than three weeks since Uganda reported her first case of Ebola virus in Mubende which has claimed 19 lives according to statistics from the ministry of Health.

It’s against this background that the ministry of health and partners are revising means of flying in vaccines.

The vaccines expected to touch base in the country next week, are from Oxford Vaccine Group that has continued to make major strides to Ebola vaccine development.