In addition to the one million Covid-19 vaccine doses that have been donated via Covax, Ireland will be donating 335,500 vaccine doses to Uganda.
The consignment of vaccines is due to be completed later this week.
Since the mid-90s, Ireland has been working closely with the Ugandan government, which has created strong links between the two nations.
With the support of the Embassy of Ireland, UNICEF and WHO, the Ugandan Health Ministry has implemented an ambitious Covid-19 response plan.
Announcing the donation, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly stated, “The donation represents the next step in Ireland’s continued commitment to vaccine solidarity. Universal and equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines is a priority for Ireland.”
HSE chief Paul Reid said that it was a privilege to take part in the donating of vaccines to Uganda.
Reid stated; “This donation, which includes all the consumables necessary to support the administration of 335,500 doses of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), has taken considerable logistical planning and we are grateful to all those involved in this initiative for their support, in achieving this,”.