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Young people suffer most in Uganda's second wave as country grapples with severe vaccine shortages

June 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Three men wearing white hazmat suits carry a dark blue body bag into the back of an ambulance parked next to a soccer field in Uganda's main stadium -- the latest victim of the virulent second wave of Covid-19 that has hit the East African country.

(CNN)Three men wearing white hazmat suits carry a dark blue body bag into the back of an ambulance parked next to a soccer field in Uganda's main stadium -- the latest victim of the virulent second wave of Covid-19 that has hit the East African country.

About 90 people are currently being treated there as the country battles a 130% increase in cases in the past two weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) says, plunging the country back into a partial lockdown with barely any vaccines available to offer protection.

Uganda's second wave has changed that as infections rise, and the makeshift clinic is being used to treat cases from overstretched public hospitals.

Like many African countries, Uganda has severe vaccine shortages.

With only 1. 8% of the 42 million people living in Uganda having been vaccinated so far, according to the ministry of Health, the numbers threaten to keep rising.

"If we got this vaccine at the end of the last wave, and at least were able to vaccinate 4. 2 million people we targeted, the ones that are vulnerable, we would not be going through what we are going through," Dr. Diana Atwine, Uganda's top health official, told CNN.

Atwine said vaccine nationalism and "hoarding" of doses by wealthier countries have made it near-impossible for countries like Uganda to procure vaccines.

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