[Photo: UNICEF Kenya]
The Health Ministry has today received 182,400 doses of the Covid-19 AstraZeneca vaccine donated by the French government.
The ministry says the vaccines transported by UNICEF Kenya will boost the second vaccination drive.
The vaccines were received by government officials including the Chairman of COVID Vaccine Deployment Taskforce – Dr Willis Akhwale, French Political Counsellor Emmanuel Dagron and UNICEF Representative Maniza Zaman.
While receiving the doses Dr Akhwale said the donation comes at a critical time in containing the virus.
“The Kenya Government is very grateful to the Government of France for this generous donation, which will support our national COVID-19 vaccination campaign,” said Dr Akhwale.
French Political Counsellor Emmanuel Dagron said France, the European Union and the COVAX facility are keen to work with the Kenyan government in its effort to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
“President Macron has pledged to give 60 million doses of vaccine to countries in need around the world, including Kenya, before the end of 2021. By the end of June, 2.6 million doses have already been distributed. We definitely need to work together to solve this pandemic,” said Dagron.
UNICEF Representative Maniza Zaman said the organization seeks to ensure there is vaccine equity in all countries.
“It is so important that we have a much fairer distribution of the vaccines we have in this world,” said Zaman.
The Government is currently prioritizing the second doses for healthcare workers, teachers, other essential workers and persons aged 58 years and above.