Kenya on Thursday received 182,400 additional doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine from the French government to intensify the fight against the pandemic.
Emmanuel Dagron, political counselor at the French embassy in Kenya said that the vaccine doses will enable many Kenyans at risk to receive the second dose of the ongoing vaccination.
“France, EU and COVAX are keen to work with the Kenyan government in its effort to tackle COVID-19,” Dagron told journalists in Nairobi.
Dagron noted that President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to give 60 million doses of vaccine to countries in need around the world, including Kenya, before the end of 2021.
Maniza Zaman, UNICEF Kenya country representative, noted that vaccine equity is essential and there is an urgent need to ensure that everyone at risk from COVID-19 gets vaccinated.
Rudi Eggers, World Health Organization (WHO) representative to Kenya said the vaccination has enabled the world to get much closer to ending the pandemic.
He said that the vaccines are safe and effective and he urged Kenyans to continue with public health measures.
Willis Akhwale, chairman of COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment Taskforce at the Ministry of Health said the doses came at the critical time when Kenya has just embarked on vaccinating people for the second dose.
Akhwale reiterated that the government will ensure that all health workers, teachers and other essential workers are protected, and that health facilities countrywide continue providing vital care to people affected by COVID-19.
Kenya has confirmed 187,525 COVID-19 cases, 176,456 recoveries and 3,716 deaths as of Thursday. Enditem