Kenya to receive Covid-19 vaccines this week

Kenya is set to receive 72,000 doses of AstraZeneca from Covax facility, the global initiative to ensure lower-income countries receive jabs.

The vaccines are part of 132,000 doses that South Sudan received in late March. The Health Ministry official in Sudan told AFP on Tuesday that they returned the doses saying they could not administer the jabs before their expiry date.

Kenya’s vaccine taskforce chair, Dr Willis Akhwale, said the vaccines are expected in the country on Thursday.

“I finished doing the paper work this evening … everything is set. The batch of 72,000 AstraZeneca doses will be here tomorrow or by Thursday,” Dr. Akhwale told the Nation.

Kenya receives the first consignment of 1.02 million doses in early March and by last week the country had only 100 000 doses according to the Health Ministry.

The distribution of the second batch of the vaccine has been delayed after India, the chief source, banned the export of AstraZeneca to handle its escalating cases. The Covid-19 cases and related deaths have skyrocketed in the South Asian country in the last few months.

Initially, Kenya was expected to receive the second consignment in the late April.

Health Cabinet Secretary had asked for calmness as government look for alternative ways.

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