Uganda Wildlife Set to Vaccinate Animals Against Covid-19

The Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (UWEC) revealed to vaccinate all animals at the Centre against Covid-19.

Animals to be vaccinated include chimpanzees among other found at Entebbe wildlife center.

This was revealed on Wednesday by Mr James Musinguzi, the UWEC Executive Director during the Zakayo’s Day Celebrations held every October 27.

“As UWEC, we are working together with Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Dr Gladys Kamela of Conservation through public health and Zoetis Company to get a vaccine called zoetis, to be able to vaccinate all our chimps and other animals. But of course we shall have to first do some trials with the monkeys to observe how they react,” he said.

In July, Ngamba Island chimpanzees were subjected to Covid-19 tests and all results returned negative.
Mr Musinguzi also revealed that the Centre would also conduct an outreach Covid-19 vaccination drive for its visitors.

UWEC has 21 chimpanzees while Ngamba Sanctuary has 52, out of the total 5000 in the country according to Mr. Musinguzi.

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