Two medical personel have been arrested for injecting no fewer that 800 people in Uganda with water instead of Covid-19 vaccine, according to an official of the country’s health service.
The people received fake Covid-19 vaccines in June from “unscrupulous people” as employers rushed to inoculate workers amid a spike in infections.
Some companies were said have paid fees to have their employees vaccinated from their work premises, but the medical officials turned out to be fraudsters administering largely water, according to Warren Naamara, the director of State House Health Monitoring Unit.
Naamara confirmed that two people were arrested over the scam.
About 90,910 people have been infected with the dreaded virus while death from such infection had hit 2,412 as of July 21, according to the country CDC.
Last week, authority had reimposed a 42-day lockdown as coronavirus infections surge in the East African country.
President Yoweri Museveni said on Friday that he was tired of receiving calls about deaths, but critics say he presented a wish list that would instead worsen the situation for Ugandans.