Uganda—With the rise of the Covid-19 Omicron variant, the United Kingdom has agreed to offer £105 million (Shs502b) to help vulnerable African countries, including Uganda to curb the surging numbers.
So far, Uganda has reported 73 cases of Omicron variant.
Ms. Liz Truss, the UK Foreign Secretary in a statement issued yesterday said the emergence of aid will help needy countries fight Omicron and other Covid-19 variants.
It is a help aimed to increase Covid-19 testing, improve access to oxygen supplies for ventilators, provide communities with hygiene advice, products, and access to handwashing facilities, and support deep cleaning in schools, health centers, and other public places.
Oxygen supplies will be funded through the Covid-19 response mechanism C19RM, established by the Global Fund to fight HIV/Aids, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.
This is a proven, rapid, and highly effective approach designed to respond to the needs of communities in low and middle-income countries.
The help will also fund the UK’s ground-breaking research into the spread of Covid-19 variants that will enable innovative evidence-based policy responses.
“The UK is providing vital assistance to help tackle the spread of new variants around the world. This is key to securing our freedom and ending this pandemic once and for all,” Ms. Liz said.
She added: “I am proud that we have also delivered over 30 million vaccines to benefit our friends around the world this year. No one is safe until everyone is safe.”