Kenya has finally recieved its first batch of the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday night at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. – By Gerald Gekara.
The vaccines, AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine were transported by a UN-COVAX Sponsored Qatar Airways cargo.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, UNICEF Representative to Kenya Maniza Zaman, World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to Kenya Dr Rudi Eggers recieved the vaccines.
“It is a historic day for Kenya, marking an important milestone in our fight against COVID-19. I would like to thank UNICEF, WHO and GAVI for their support in procuring and transporting these life-saving vaccines and the Kenyan people for their cooperation over the past 11.5 months.”
He said priority will be given to the 400,000 health workers before others in the frontline like teachers, police and others are considered ahead of the rollout for people with underlying conditions before the rest of the people are vaccinated.
Kenya’s cumulative confirmed positive cases are 106,470, out of 1,306,601 tests done so far.