Kenya to acquire 2M vaccines to supplement the shortage in AstraZeneca vaccine

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe says the government is pursuing more vaccines for the country. The Kenyan government is looking to acquire two million doses of vaccines from Pfizer as well as Johnson & Johnson.

This move is set to supplement the AstraZeneca vaccines.

In this accord the vaccines must, pass World Health Organization approval, for distribution in the country.

In addition, the Pfizer vaccine must also adhere to Kenya’s stringent rules in order for Kenyans to receive it. At the same time, the country is looking to acquire necessary storage facilities for the Pfizer vaccine.

This is because, the vaccine needs a -70 degrees Celsius to survive.

This communication has come during a briefing while receiving a donation of Personal Protective Equipment. The donation worth Ksh2.3 million is from Multi Choice Kenya.

According to Kagwe, Kenya obtains vaccines from only three sources. They include government-to-government donations, such as the recent donation of 100,000 doses from the government of India.

The second platform is the Covax facility.

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