KENYA RECEIVES 358,200 ASTRAZENECA VACCINE DOSES FROM CANADA

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Kenya has received a further 358,200 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the Canadian government, bringing to a total 3.6 million doses to boost the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

Another consignment of 4.16 million doses is expected in a few weeks. So far, the country has received Astra Zeneca and the Moderna types of vaccines.

The first batch of the Johnson & Johnson vaccines is expected to arrive in the country on Friday (today3 September). The government paid Kshs. 2 billion to the African Union (AU) for the procurement of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. It is expected that a further 240, 000 doses will be arriving in the country a week later.

More vaccines are expected from various countries including Moderna vaccine doses from the United States (US), and Sinopharm and Pfizer vaccines from China as donations. The vaccines were donated through the Covax facility and transported by UNICEF.

Recently, the country received 880,460 doses of the Moderna vaccine, which were the first batch of a total of 1.76 million doses of the Moderna vaccine donated by the US government.

The availability of the vaccines is a major boost to the fight against Covid-19 which has seen the country hits a high positivity rate of 11.0% and with the rapid spread of the viral Delta variant.

Health is one of the Agenda 4 development agenda prioiritised by President Uhuru Kenyatta in his second term to improve the lives of Kenyans. With this increased vaccines, the government target to vaccinate 10 million Kenyans by the end of December this year is on course.

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