Kenya set to receive 358, 000 doses of Astrazeneca vaccine from Denmark
Kenya will today Monday June 21 receive 358, 000 doses of Astrazeneca vaccine from Denmark.
The plane carrying the consignment will touch down at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 9pm.
Kenya has so far administered 1.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine as of June 16, 2021.
The country started the vaccination campaign at the beginning of March with AstraZeneca vaccines received through the COVAX initiative.
Kenya last month also received 72,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from South Sudan as she sought to administer second doses of the jab.
Initially, there were plans to secure more vaccine doses from the Democratic Republic of Congo, which was also rushing against time to redistribute the doses before expiry, but the Covax Facility managers declined to approve the move.
“Countries had started bilateral discussions on how they will share the doses, and Kenya had reached an agreement with the DR Congo, but Covax told us there was a plan for doing that.
"The policy, Covax told us, was that a country receives from an immediate neighbour, and that’s how it was settled that South Sudan will share with us,” Head of Covid-19 vaccine deployment task force Dr Willis Akhwale said.