Did Uganda Fail To Formulate A Pragmatic Approach To Fight COVID-19?

By Chris Mwesigye Bishaka

According to the IMF, it would cost $50bn to get roughly 70% of the planet’s population vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The cumulative economic benefit by 2025, in terms of increased global output, would be $9trn, to say nothing of the many lives that would be saved.

Since there are 195 countries in the world today, each country would averagely allocate $257 million to eradicate this scourge, which is much less than what a country like Uganda has so far borrowed to “mitigate” the effects of the pandemic.

A medical worker administering COVID-19 vaccination

Obviously, the richer and more populous states like USA, China and India would spend much more than the poorer and less populated ones like Burundi, Haiti and Tuvalu.

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