Kenya on Thursday, 2nd September, received 358,200 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine from Canada.
The vaccines were donated through the COVAX facility and transported by the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef).
Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochahe received the consignment at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Nairobi, alongside acting Canadian High Commissioner to Kenya David Anthony Da Silva.
Mochache said that as of today, over 3.6 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been received, adding that an assortment of 4.6 million more doses was expected in the coming weeks.
She said that the government planned to vaccinate 10 million people by the end of the year.
The donation comes just a week after Kenya received 880,460 doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine from the US.
Moderna was the second vaccine to be deployed in the country with the Pfizer drug expected to be delivered next month.
The vaccines are expected to boost the ongoing vaccination campaign. So far, Kenya has administered a total of 2,792,309 vaccines. Of these, the total first doses are 1,985,905 and the second are 806,404.
The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose is at 40.6 per cent with the majority being males at 55 per cent and females at 45 per cent. The proportion of fully vaccinated adults is 2.96 per cent.