Kenya receives receives one million vaccines from COVAX

NAIROBI, KENYA (AP) — Kenya has received just over one million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in the first batch from the global COVAX initiative that was created to ensure that
low- and middle-income countries have fair access to vaccines.

Some 1.02 million doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, arrived in Nairobi early yesterday, according to a joint statement from UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), international vaccine alliance GAVI and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations.

Kenyan Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe expressed excitement and optimism that the vaccines would help stop the spread of the coronavirus that has forced the East African country to partially lock down its economy with devastating consequences for many citizens.

“We have been fighting the pandemic with rubber bullets but what we have acquired today is equivalent, metaphorically speaking, to bazookas and machine guns,” Kagwe said.

The minister said the vaccines will be administered to some 400,000 medical workers and the rest will go to other frontline workers such as teachers and police officers.

The first arrival of COVID-19 vaccines to Kenya is offloaded from a Qatar Airways flight. PHOTO: AP