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UGANDA: Start of first clinical trials of a vaccine against Covid-19

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Uganda has started the first tests of a vaccine against Covid-19. The announcement was made by President Yoweri Museveni in an address to the nation broadcast Sunday, November 29, 2020, on national television. The country at 20 0uom thus joins the inner circle of African countries engaged in the race for a vaccine against Covid-19 alongside South Africa, Egypt and Morocco.

President Yoweri Museveni has announced the start of the first clinical trials of a vaccine against Covid-19. He said Ugandan scientists have developed a battery of products, some of which are already being tested. “In the battle against the coronavirus and other viruses, our scientists have told me the good news that they have developed seven wonderful products, six of which are being tested, and an immune booster is already in use,” he said. revealed the Ugandan President who specifies that “the first three are all antivirals – killing the virus and limiting its damage in the body”.

Among these drugs is a bronchial dilator which could replace an artificial respirator. This medication is used to keep a patient’s airways open. “From December 15, 2020, patients under strict medical supervision will try the drug. Scientists say that within 40 days, enough patients will be treated to be convinced the drug is working, said Yoweri Museveni.

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However, the Ugandan president did not say whether the vaccine in question was developed only by local scientists or with outside collaboration. Indeed, in August, the Ugandan Institute for Research on the Virus (UVRI) announced that it had partnered with Imperial College London to launch the first trial of a vaccine in the country. December.

       

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