Coronavirus – Kenya: Shot in the arm as Kenya receives 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine

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The ongoing acceleration of Covid-19 vaccination efforts received a boost following the arrival of a further 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine into the country.

The consignment, arrived at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Wednesday evening from Rwanda facilitated by the Clinton Health Access Initiative, through the COVAX facility.

Speaking while receiving the shipment, the chairman of the National COVID-19 Vaccine Dissemination Task Force, Dr. Willis Akhwale said the dose would greatly assist the government in its efforts to vaccinate the eligible population.

“One year ago, the challenge was availability. Today, we are in a different situation with enough COVID-19 Vaccine on the continent to share with our brothers and sisters.” said dr. Akhwale.

According to the Rwandan Ambassador to Kenya Dr. Richard Richard Masozera, the struggle against the COVID-19 pandemic will only be won through international unity and solidarity.

“We have worked with Kenyans for many years, and we are delighted to be working together to end the COVID-19 pandemic,” Masozera said.

Other countries that have donated Covid-19 vaccines to the country include Denmark, the UK, France, India, China, Greece, the US, Canada, Slovakia, the Netherlands, Germany and Argentina. This is in addition to the 13 million doses of Johnson and Johnson, which were purchased by the Kenyan government through the AVATS-AU mechanism.

The arrival of the shipment, which brings the total number of vaccine doses received in the country to just over 27 million, comes at a time when many African countries have stepped up their vaccination efforts while facing challenges such as vaccine doubts, short shelf lives between them. other obstacles.

Kenya has administered nearly 17 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine since starting its adult population vaccination exercise in March 2021 and vaccinating its juvenile population with Pfizer in November 2021.

The country plans to fully vaccinate 19 million adults (70% of the adult population) by the end of June 2022 and its entire adult population of 27 million by the end of the year. During the same period, it will also aim to fully vaccinate 2.9 million adolescents aged 15-17 years (50% of the population) and the entire adolescent population of 5.8 million by the end of December 2022.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the Ministry of Health, Kenya.

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Coronavirus – Kenya: Shot in the arm as Kenya receives 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine

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