Kenya vaccinates more than 3 million persons against COVID-19

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A nurse prepares a dose of the Covishield Covid-19 vaccine, developed by AstraZeneca Plc and the University of Oxford and manufactured by Serum Institute of India Ltd., at Thika Level 5 Hospital in Thika, Kenya, on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Kenyan hospitals are grappling with record numbers of critical-care patients, stretching a system that was inadequate even before the outbreak of Covid-19. /Patrick Meinhardt/Bloomberg /Getty Images

Kenya’s health ministry on Friday announced that it had vaccinated a total of 3,031,728 people.

Broken down 2,208,468 people had taken the first dose while 823,260 had received the full dose.

A nurse prepares a dose of the Covishield Covid-19 vaccine, developed by AstraZeneca Plc and the University of Oxford and manufactured by Serum Institute of India Ltd., at Thika Level 5 Hospital in Thika, Kenya, on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Kenyan hospitals are grappling with record numbers of critical-care patients, stretching a system that was inadequate even before the outbreak of Covid-19. /Patrick Meinhardt/Bloomberg /Getty ImagesDespite the progress made, health officials called on more of the population to go out and get vaccinated, arguing that there are adequate doses in the country.

“We urge people to ensure they are fully vaccinated. All vaccines are equally effective and are being provided absolutely free of charge,” the ministry said in a statement.

At the same time, the ministry announced that a total of 661 people had tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday raising the total number of COVID-19 cases to 242,945.

Data released on Friday showed that a total of 230,940 patients had recovered while the number of fatalities rose to 4,896.

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