UK’s First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, Dominic Raab, says Britain is helping Kenya to prepare to roll out the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine from next month.
“It is for us not just our moral duty, but in the British national interest to see Kenyans vaccinated just as soon as we physically, logistically can,” Raab, who is on a one-day working visit to Kenya.
On January 7, Kenya’s Minister of Health, Mutahi Kagwe, had revealed that the country ordered 24 million doses of the vaccine developed by Astrazeneca and Oxford University.
Kagwe said the vaccines were ordered through an African Union (AU) initiative.
Raab said Britain will provide technical assistance to Kenya’s health ministry to help ensure the vaccine gets to everyone.
Kenya has a population of about 48 million, according to a 2019 population census. It has so far confirmed 99,308 coronavirus cases and 1,130,707 tests.
There have been 82,478 recoveries and 1,734 deaths.