Kenya will receive 1 million doses of vaccine and will be distributed to health workers first, Voice of America

NAIROBI – Kenya received a million Oxford AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines Tuesday evening, the first East African nation to receive a shipment of the vaccines. The Ministry of Health announced it would provide 400,000 coronavirus shocks for the country’s medical workers.

James Kamau, in his sixties, is one of the millions of Kenyans living with HIV. Father of two is delighted with the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in the country.

“When I get the chance, I will because it is to my advantage that I take the vaccine,” said Kamau … I am more immunocompromised than ordinary (people), so it is even more recommendable. Yes, of course we don’t know what side effects will occur, but in my view the benefits will outweigh the side effects if there are any. “

Kenya received its first batch of the vaccines on Tuesday evening. Around 400,000 health workers are given top priority, followed by the elderly and those with existing health conditions such as Kamau.

Kenya has an estimated 50 million people, so a million cans is just a drop in the ocean.

Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe spoke to journalists after receiving the vaccines at the airport, assuring the country that more drugs would arrive and that there was nothing to be afraid of.

“This is just the first arrival, more vaccines will come through and so we don’t want anyone to panic and think they won’t be vaccinated,” Kagwe said on Voluntary Thing, it’s not a mandatory vaccination. People who want to be vaccinated will be vaccinated, and we hope that the majority of people will. “

Kenya is one of the few African countries to have received coronavirus vaccines.

Catherine Kyobutungi is the director of the African Population and Health Research Center. She says the biggest challenges Africa faces are getting enough doses and overcoming widespread misunderstandings and misinformation about the vaccines.

“But it is sometimes difficult for the person on the street to distinguish between different technologies that were used to develop the vaccines,” Catherine said. “So there are some ideas about whether it is safe, whether it was developed too quickly, whether it has corners.” was cut. But the vaccines have all gone through rigorous studies, their safety and effectiveness have been proven, and the government has the right systems in place to ensure they are right for the country. “

Governments around the world have approved the vaccines and encouraged their citizens to get vaccinated. To date, more than 50 million people in the US have received at least one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

Kenya recorded its first case of coronavirus in March last year. To date, more than 100,000 people have contracted the virus and at least 1,000 have died.

The East African nation still has a nightly curfew and banned public gatherings to limit the spread of the virus.

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