A batch of 358 700 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines landed in Kenya on Monday night, boosting the fight against Covid-19 in the country.
The consignment was received at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by Health Principal Secretary, Foreign affairs Chief Administrative Secretary Ababu Namwamba, Acting General Health Director-General Dr. Patrick Amoth, and vaccines deployment task force chair Willis Akhwale.
Also present were Danish ambassador to Kenya Ole Thonke, WHO country director Rudi Eggers, UNICEF country representative Ms. Maniza Zaman and Sub-saharan Africa Astrazeneca Government affairs Director Dr. Kennedy Njau.
The vaccines, a donation from the Denmark government, will boost the second dose administration, which started in late May. The shortage of the jab is derailing the exercise.
As of Monday, 192,093 had received their second dose, of which 52,830 are health workers, 22,189 are teachers, 14,020 are security officers, 52 041 are people aged 58 years and above, and 51, 463 from the rest of the members of the public.
A total of 1,187,663 Kenyans have been vaccinated against the lethal virus since the exercise kicked off in March.
The Ministry of Health announced on Monday that 179,293 people had contracted the disease in Kenya.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.