Govt secures donation of Pfizer vaccines amid heightened drive to immunize Kenyans

The vaccination efforts in the country are now in full force, with the drive to vanquish Covid-19 disease receiving a much-needed boost.

Just two days after President Uhuru Kenyatta announced plans to have the entire adult population vaccinated by mid-next year, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe disclosed Friday that Kenya has secured another donation of vaccines from the development partners.

“We will be receiving a donation of 1.6 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to fully vaccinate 800,000 more Kenyans.” The CS said in a statement.

The Pfizer vaccines will arrive alongside another batch of 500,000 doses of Johnson and Johnson, a single-shot vaccine that will be used to inoculate a further half a million Kenyans.

The donations aside, Kagwe indicated that the government has ordered 13 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine whose delivery is expected to start next month.

With these deliveries, the Health CS expressed confidence Kenya’s march towards herd immunity will become a reality sooner rather than later.

Kagwe reiterating that in order for the country to quickly reverse the negative impact of the pandemic, an extensive inoculation of the population is a priority.

“It is encouraging that already 42% of Kenyans have already received their 2nd doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine,” He said

As of Friday, data from the Ministry shows that a total of 1,447,648 vaccines had so far been administered across the country. Of these, the total first doses are 1,013,895 while the second doses are 433,753.

With the new batch of vaccines set to arrive in the country, Kagwe indicated that his Ministry has developed a strategy to ensure their deployment in an efficient manner immediately upon receipt.

“The Ministry will work with County Governments to scale up the communication campaign aimed at ensuring more Kenyans turn up for vaccination. I am certain, as we move on along the phases, the situation is likely to change.” He stated

The CS delivered the positive news amid the revelation that the country recorded another 523 positive cases of covid-19 in the last 24 hours. The total confirmed positive cases are now 185,060 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 1,970,001.

During the same period, Kagwe disclosed that 11 patients succumbed to the disease. The cumulative fatalities as a result of the disease now stand at 3,651.

CS Kagwe officially opens the oxygen plant in Meru. PHOTO / Nicholas Nthenge-MoH

The CS delivered the statement from Meru where he had gone to open an oxygen plant.

The Kshs 35 Million project was installed to retire an old plant that had run its maximum hours. The new plant has a production capacity of 480ltr/min and the capability to refill 8 oxygen cylinders every 2 hours translating to 96 cylinders in 24 hours.

“I wish to point out that through the support of World Bank, the Ministry has procured 2,016,000 liters of liquid oxygen through KEMSA accessible to Counties with liquid oxygen tanks.” The CS said while emphasizing the significance of sufficient oxygen supply in their hospitals during this period of the pandemic.

PHOTO / Nicholas Nthenge – MoH

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