Kenya receives first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses

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Kenya received 795,600 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses, at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, on September 17, 2021./U.S Embassy Nairobi

Kenya on Friday received its first batch of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Nearly 800-thousand of an expected 1.4 million doses landed at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Friday afternoon.

Kenya received 795,600 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses, at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. September 17, 2021./U.S Embassy Nairobi

This is the first batch of the expected 1.4 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine provided by the U.S. government.

“The U.S is happy to announce the successful delivery of the first donation of almost 800,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Kenya via Gavi,” said U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, Eric Kneedler. “We remain committed to supporting Kenya to recover from this pandemic.”

Kenya’s Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe says the new shipment will go a long way in accelerating the country’s vaccination campaign against the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to the Pfizer vaccine, Kenya also has AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna doses in its anti-COVID-19 arsenal.

With this latest consignment, the country has now received over 6.3 million doses of assorted vaccines.

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