407000 Covid-19 vaccines arrive from the UK

Kenya on Tuesday night received 407000 doses of AstraZeneca from the government of the United Kingdom.

The doses which were part of 817000 UK donated to Kenya were transported by UNICEF via the COVAX scheme. They were received at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, by officials led by Ministry of Health Acting Director-General Dr. Patrick Amoth, British Deputy High Commissioner Julius Court, UNICEF Chief of Health Yaron Wolman, and WHO Health Specialist Sergon Kibet.

"We are now receiving the second batch of vaccines that the United Kingdom Government has donated to boost our national COVID-19 vaccination programme.

“In addition to supporting the ongoing roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccines to our health workers, teachers other essential workers and Kenyans older than 58 years, the vaccines we have received today, will greatly support our target to vaccinate 10 million adults by the end of December 2021,” said Dr. Amoth.

The first batch of 410000 doses arrived in the country on July 31.

British Deputy High Commissioner Julius Court said the donation is part of 100 million doses that the UK pledged to donate worldwide by June 2022.

“We’ve had an extremely strong partnership with Kenya tackling this pandemic, from donating vaccines, support on genomic sequencing to track new variants, to trials of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the UK and Kenya,” said Court.

To date, over 2.1 million vaccines have been administered across the country, said the Ministry of Health.

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