Kenya To Get First Coronavirus Vaccines This Month

According to Health Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, Kenya plans to get its first Covid-19 vaccine by the end of this month and to inoculate 16 million of its approximately 53 million population by June next year.

Kagwe said on Friday in a statement that the country would acquire vaccines provided by AstraZeneca Plc, Pfizer Inc., and Johnson & Johnson, and any others in the Covax facility, an initiative for developing countries to access doses. The largest economy in East Africa is targeting 24 million Covax doses and will buy another 11 million shots from other mechanisms.

Health, protection and immigration staff will prioritize the first vaccination process, covering 1.25 million citizens.

By next week, Kenya will determine whether to approve China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd. and AstraZeneca vaccines, and the Russian edition known as Sputnik V, by telephone, Fred Siyoi, head of the country’s drug regulatory authority, said.

Educator, writer and legal researcher at Alafarika for Studies and Consultancy.

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