Kenya receives first batch of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines

Covid Vaccines
Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

Kenya’s Ministry of Health on Friday received the first consignment of the Pfizer vaccines to boost the country’s vaccination against COVID-19.

Mutahi Kagwe, the cabinet secretary for Health, said the consignment of 795,600 doses donated by the United States will go a long way in accelerating the vaccination campaign against the pandemic.

The latest consignment is the fourth type of COVID-19 vaccine to be deployed in Kenya and with this consignment, the country will now have received more than 6.3 million doses of assorted vaccines, said Kagwe.

Kagwe said the Ministry of Health has also trained over 3,000 health workers to serve as facilitators at the designated vaccination posts across the country in order to ensure safety of the people.

“Following the training, we have witnessed our daily vaccination rate increase rapidly,” he said.

Five vaccines including China’s Sinopharm, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson have been approved by Kenya’s medicines regulatory body for use.

A total of 3.29 million doses of vaccines have so far been administered across the country as of Friday. Of these, total first doses are 2,439,528, while total second doses are 850,922, according to the Ministry of Health. Enditem

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