31-07-2021 by redazione
Kenya is gearing up for a powerful vaccination campaign to turn around the country's pandemic and bring it into line with wealthier nations, with funds coming in from various states and foundations and private loans and sponsorships. This could also enable Kenya to reach bilateral Green Pass agreements in a short period of time.
Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe announced the arrival of millions of doses of different types of vaccine starting this week.
"We will start by receiving 1,760,000 doses of Pfizer from the US government," Kagwe confirmed, "410,000 doses of AstraZeneca from the British government, 235,000 doses of Astrazeneca from Greece and 55,000 doses of AstraZeneca from Lithuania as part of bilateral donation agreements.
To these, as it is written in a statement posted on the social profiles of the Ministry, are added another 407,000 AstraZeneca vaccines and 271,000 of Pfizer allocated to Kenya by the Covax programme as part of the new distribution on the African continent.
These arrivals will precede the rumoured 13 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines, arriving through the African Union Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT), which are expected to be distributed by the end of August.
The Ministry also went into detail about the storage and administration of the Pfizer vaccines, which must be kept at 70 degrees below zero in special freezers.
The Kenyan Government has reached an agreement with the UPS Foundation, which will take care of the cold chain in Kenya and deliver 15 freezers to the central vaccine depot in Kitengela and personally transport them to the other nine regional sites.
This rigorous vaccination campaign with aid and logistics from abroad and from the African Union bodes well for the country to gain the trust of other nations and to aspire to the complete reopening of borders for its citizens and for those who come to the country from abroad for tourism or business.
In fact, only by increasing the number of those who are immune can we return to being aligned and competitive, this is the reality.
The Ministry's statement confirms President Uhuru Kenyatta's 'plan to have 10 million people vaccinated by Christmas this year and the entire adult population of 26 million by the end of next year in a bid to achieve herd immunity as soon as possible'.
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