Mountain Gorillas are set to miss out on the covid-19 vaccination.
This follows the Uganda Wildlife Authority’s (UWA) declaration that it has no plans to vaccinate the primates against Covid-19.
This was revealed by the authority’s executive director Sam Mwanda during a media briefing in Kampala while announcing the one health day global celebrations to be held on Wednesday this week.
According to Mwanda, this exercise would require a lot in terms of resources and clearance of a vaccine to be used to ensure the safety of the gorillas.
He however says in the meantime adequate measures have been put in place to ensure the Mt Gorillas are kept safe from catching the disease from visitors like increasing the distance from 7 – 10 meters between the tourists and the great apes.
Mwanda also capitalized on the opportunity to give tourists and the country at large the assurance that the national parks are safe amidst growing terrorist threats and recent attacks in the country, noting that measures are in place to ensure the safety and security of the wildlife and visitors.