Kenya has received another AstraZeneca vaccine grant from the French government.
The 182,400 tests arrived Thursday morning at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), provided by France as part of the Covax global program.
The shipment was received by the chairman of the National Immunization Delivery Group, Dr Willis Akhwale, France Policy Adviser Emmanuel Dagron and UNICEF Representative Maniza Zaman.
“The Kenyan government is very grateful to the French government for this great support, which will support our national COVID-19 vaccine campaign. We recently started vaccinating the population for a second dose, so this is coming at an important time. This will ensure our staff health professionals, teachers and other key staff are protected and that our health facilities across the country can continue to provide life-saving services to those affected by COVID-19, “said Dr Akhwale.
UNICEF stressed that the support will help the Ministry of Health provide immunizations to priority groups including health workers, teachers and people over the age of 58.
According to data from the Ministry of Health, Kenya has so far managed to control 1,511,693 Covid bites.
Currently, only 1.8% of adults have been fully immunized.