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US Donates 880,460 Doses of Moderna Covid-19 Vaccines to Kenya

by Zablon Ondari
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Kenya on Monday, 23rd August, received 880,460 doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccines to boost the ongoing vaccination drive that targets to vaccinate 10 million people by the end of the year.

The Moderna Vaccine doses are the second vaccine in Kenya’s programme after AstraZeneca with at least 1,615,687 people receiving one dose and 780,377 fully vaccinated by 22nd August 2021.

Speaking at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, while receiving the donation, Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache, who was representing Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe during the event, said the development marked an important milestone in the vaccination campaign.

“The shipment is the first of the 3.5 million doses of vaccines to Kenya by the US Government, which includes today’s donation. A similar number of Moderna doses and a further 1.6 million doses of Pfizer vaccines will be delivered mid-next month,” said Mochache.

Mochache also thanked other governments and partners who have supported Kenya’s Covid-19 vaccination effort.

“On behalf of the Ministry of Health and all Kenyans, I sincerely thank the government of the United States for the kind donation. Further, I extend my thanks to the governments of the United Kingdom, Denmark, Greece, and France, which have so far donated a cumulative total of 1,130,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines.”

She said the government had revised its vaccine deployment plan taking into consideration the availability of multiple vaccines with an aim of vaccinating 150,000 people each day before the end of September. The focus was to protect those at the greatest risk of infection.

PS Mochache said the government had put in place elaborate mechanisms to ensure it has the capacity to deploy all the vaccines across the country including Pfizer that requires the storage of -70 degrees.

While noting that the first phase n that ended in June was hampered by global vaccines supply, Mochache said the country had made tremendous gains reducing the death rates to two per cent from 2.1 per cent with plans underway to increase vaccination posts from 800 to 3,000.

US Embassy Charge d’Affaires Eric William Kneedler said the 880,460 doses of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine were the first shipment of 1.76 million doses donated through the Covax facility.

He said the US was committed to supporting Kenya to realise the objective of vaccinating all adults. The donation was a demonstration of the strong partnership between Kenya and the US.

Unicef Kenya Country Representative Maniza Zaman said international solidarity was critical during the Covid-19 pandemic. She urged Kenyans to get vaccinated to protect themselves from the disease.

The government plans to vaccinate 10 million people by the close of the year with 26 million people expected to have been vaccinated. Some 2.9 per cent of the entire adult population has been vaccinated.

The vaccination began on 5th March 2021 with county programmes beginning on 8th of March 2021. The second doses began on 28th May 2021. The vaccination is being done free of charge.

The rollout of the national vaccination campaign is being led by the Ministry of Health, with support from the WHO, Unicef, Gavi and other partners.

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