Kenya on Monday evening received 358,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses donated by Denmark to intensify the fight against the pandemic amid a surge in cases in the Western part of the country.
Susan Mochache, principal secretary in the Ministry of Health said the arrival of the vaccines is expected to boost the ongoing second dose vaccination exercise that commenced in late May.
The Ministry of Health recently announced the start of second doses for health workers, teachers, other essential workers and people aged over 58.
The UN children’s fund, UNICEF, said it is providing support to the Ministry of Health in the areas of planning, cold chain capacity, risk communication and community engagement as well as procuring and transporting vaccines.
Kenya has intensified surveillance in 13 counties marked as red zones that have over the past few weeks recorded a worrying increase in COVID-19 infections and deaths.
Kenya has recorded a total of 179,293 COVID-19 cases, with 3,461 fatalities as of Monday. Enditem