NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug. 23 – Kenya received the first batch of 880,460 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from the U.S. government, the first time the vaccine has been received in the country.
The Department of Health said this was part of the 1.76 million doses the US government donated through the COVAX facility.
The Moderna doses are designed to fuel ongoing nationwide vaccination efforts and support government efforts to vaccinate at least 10 million adult populations by December 25th.
The vaccines were received by the Minister of Health Susan Mochache, who announced the increase in vaccination centers from the current 800 to 3,000 in order to offer a certain type of vaccine once.
She said the ministry set a goal to vaccinate at least 150,000 people a day after receiving freezers with a capacity of 3 million cans.
The UK government also donated 817,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to support the ongoing exercise, a donation made after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit to the UK in July.
The government makes the vaccines available free of charge in various health facilities across the country. The national vaccination campaign is led by the Ministry of Health with the support of WHO, UNICEF, Gavi and other partners.
To date, 2,374,197 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine have been administered across the country, including 1,595,335 first doses and 778,862 second doses.
The second dose of the vaccine started on May 28th. About 2.9 percent of the adult population has since been fully vaccinated.
Another shipment of 393,000 doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccine and 1.8 million doses of Pfizer vaccine is expected in September over the next few weeks, according to the Department of Health.