Uganda is hoping to have locally manufactured COVID-19 vaccine by November 2021, President Museveni has said.
Making a vaccine involves eight or nine phases, and according to Museveni, Ugandan researchers developing the vaccine are now entering stage five.
“We hope to get to stage eight by November 2021. I can assure you that by the end of November 2021, we shall no longer be waiting for outsiders to rescue us from mass deaths,” he said.
Museveni who was on Sunday evening opening the World Health Summit at Speke Resort, Munyonyo said that with therapeutics, one of Ugandan products has been tried on COVID-19 patients, and some have recovered.
“With therapeutics, one of our products has been tried among some patients and most of them have fully recovered while the others are still on treatment. We target to reach 124 patients before we are sure that this medicine treats COVID-19 patients,” he said.
He challenged regional scientists to work together and put up a united front in the discovery of COVID-19 cure.
The President said that countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America use traditional medicine to help meet some of the primary health needs, adding that in Africa, up to 80% of the population uses traditional medicines for primary healthcare.
The traditional medicine which was used by “forefathers,” Museveni said must be given attention to have them improved and used as medicine.
He said that Government remains committed to funding research and innovations by Ugandan scientists especially those in universities.
“We have demonstrated this by earmarking 30 billion shillings to Makerere University Research and Innovation Fund,” he said.
However, Museveni said that 30 billion is less and pledged to have it increased.
He also challenged Makerere to not only publish, but rather translate research into products that spur Uganda’s industrial Development and catalyze pharmaceutical industries to stop dependency on outside pharmaceuticals.
“We want tangible results, and our ordinary Ugandans have hope in our scientists to come up with solutions for different diseases like cancer and many other diseases,” he said.