Kenya: Additional 880,320 Doses of Moderna Vaccine Received from the US

FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker holds a vial of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine at a pop-up vaccination site operated by SOMOS Community Care during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., January 29, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo

As Kenya intensify efforts to vaccinate at least 10 million people by December, the nation received the second batch of 880,320 COVID-19 Moderna vaccine doses on Monday from the US government.

The vaccines were acquired with the assistance of the US government through the COVAX facility that is helping the African Union acquire vaccines for the continent.

They were received at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) by Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr Rashid Aman US Ambassador to Kenya Eric Needler accompanied by other officials.

While receiving the donation, Dr Aman said “The Kenya government appreciates the support and assistance of the donation we are receiving today from the US government. This donation will be of great help to us,”

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Aman disclosed that Kenya has so far received 5,146,780 various vaccine doses including AstraZeneca and Johnson.

“The vaccine constraints we were facing as a country are now fading away,” he said, expressing optimism that the government will meet its target of vaccinating 10 million people by December as pledged by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

By September 5, 2050,377 people had been vaccinated.

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