Kenya receives 410,000 doses of COVID vaccines from UK

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A consignment of 410,000 astrazeneneca vaccine doses have just landed at JKIA via MOH_Kenya/Twitter
A consignment of 410,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses has just landed at JKIA. Photo courtesy of MOH_Kenya/Twitter

Kenya received a consignment of 410,000 AstraZeneca vaccines from the UK at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Saturday, in yet another boost to ongoing efforts to vaccinate its adult population, the ministry of health announced.

Health Chief Administrative Secretary, Dr. Mercy Mwangangi who received the consignment at the airport, said the donation will go a long way towards bolstering Kenya’s journey towards realizing herd immunity.

“Our capacity for vaccine deployment remains robust. As is common knowledge our efforts have been greatly affected by supply constraints. When we receive donations like these from friends & well-wishers, it’s a deserved shot in the arm for our vaccination efforts,” Dr.Mwangangi said.

Britain said on Wednesday it was offering 817,000 coronavirus vaccine doses to Kenya, as it rolls out a promised 100 million jabs for global distribution by next June.

British Deputy High Commissioner to Kenya Josephine Gauld said that “the consignment is the first batch of the 817,000 doses for Kenya with a further donation of 407,000 doses from the UK expected in the country via the COVAX facility.”
The country is also expecting to receive 1,760,000 doses of Pfizer from the U.S government.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Friday announced that more vaccine doses will be arriving in Kenya beginning next week in a boost to the ongoing vaccination campaign.
So far, 1,712,550 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

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