Jan, 21st 2021 – Kenya and the United Kingdom have signed a new health partnership designed towards maximizing knowledge sharing between medical professionals in both countries.
Visiting UK foreign affairs minister Dominic Raab, and the health CS Mutahi Kagwe, signed the deal yesterday after holding bilateral talks, where the duo had discussed a myriad of issues notably how both countries can work together to tackle the covid-19 pandemic.
During his tour of the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) with Mr. Raab, Kagwe gave clear indications of the plans to secure the vaccine.
CS Kagwe said, “It is important for us to keep in mind that the African countries especially here in the county the matters of vaccinating are very common with us. We carry out children vaccination almost throughout the year and so unlike some countries that do not have vaccination programs we do have that and so in terms of the personnel and logistics we are ready to do that.”
Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache also said that Kenya has received confirmation from the African Union and the GAVI foundation that the vaccines will be in the country by April.
She said, “Leveraging on our existing infrastructure we should be comfortable and ready to receive the vaccines.” She added that the World Bank had already committed to fund Kenya in purchasing the vaccines.
Since December 2020, Kenya has recorded a decline in the number of Covid-19 cases. However, Kagwe has cautioned that it is still too early to assume that the curve is flattening.
Kagwe said, “Some of the measures that we have eased especially the opening of schools are pretty heavy events and we do not want to start declaring ourselves of having flattened the curve then we start going backward.”
He added, “We also keep the observance of what is happening across the region and across the globe and therefore before you declare yourself of having come out of it, you must be aware of what is happening around you and the possibility that it could happen to yourself.”