Kenya to receive 407000 AstraZeneca vaccines from the UK government

Kenyan government is expected to receive another 407000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from its UK counterpart.

British High Commissioner to Kenya Jane Marriot said the vaccines will arrive on Tuesday night as Kenya hopes to vaccinate 10 million people by December 2021.

The consignment is the part of 817000 doses the UK government donated to Kenya during President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit to the European country.

The first batch of 410000 arrived in the country last month. It was received at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi by health officials led by Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi.

As of August 15, 2021, 2053717 vaccines have so far been administered across the country. Of these, the total first doses are 1305850, while the second doses are 747867.

The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose is at 57.3 percent, with the majority being males at 55 percent while females are at 45 percent. The proportion of adults fully vaccinated is 2.7 percent.

The uptake of the second dose by priority groups is as follows: Aged 58 and above 228024, health workers 126499, teachers 110648, security officers 61267, and others 221429.

To date, Kenya has received 2.3 million vaccines and is expected to receive 55000 others from Lativia.

East African nation is also set to receive 1760000 Pfizer from the US government and 13 million Johnson&Johnson through the AU-AVAT programme.

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