DP Ruto chief guest at Museveni vaccine facility launch

Construction of Biological Drugs and mRNA vaccine took place in Matuga, Wakiso.

In Summary

• Last month, Museveni said that his government remains committed to funding research and innovations by scientists especially those in the universities.

• Makerere University started developing a Ugandan Covid-19 vaccine.

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda with Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda with Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto.
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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni invited Deputy President William Ruto as his chief guest on Tuesday during the official laying of the foundation stone for a vaccine manufacturing facility.

The event took place in Matuga, Wakiso district where the construction of the Biological Drugs and mRNA vaccine which is under Dei Group manufacturing facility is located at.

Ruto said that the commitment to buying locally manufactured vaccine doses at a large scale will ease African countries’ import bills, enhance their export earnings and sustainably boost the ordinary people’s health status.

"We are keen to building partnerships with other African countries to move the continent away from only packaging and labeling of drugs to the restructuring of its market to focus more on upstream production," Ruto said.

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda with Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda with Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto.
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Last month, Museveni said that his government remains committed to funding research and innovations by local scientists especially those in the universities.

“We have demonstrated this by earmarking USh30 billion every financial year to the Makerere University Research and Innovations Fund,” Museveni said during the world health summit regional meeting in June.

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda with Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda with Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto.
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He had also lauded Makerere University for mobilising human and other resources to start developing a Ugandan Covid-19 vaccine.

However, South Africa, Senegal, and Rwanda are the countries in Africa working with the European Union and other partners to help create a regional vaccine manufacturing hub.

Nigeria is under consideration, according to World Trade Organisation Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.