Kenya receives a further 1,898,910 doses of Pfizer vaccine

Kenya on Monday received 1,898,910 doses of Pfizer vaccine from the United States government via the COVAX facility.
The doses are expected to boost the ongoing accelerated Covid-19 vaccination drive. The donation, which arrived in the country through the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, was received by Ministry of Health officials led by the Port Health Officer in charge at JKIA Benjamin Murkomen.
They were handed over to him by U.S. embassy officials in Nairobi led by Eric Watnik, the Public Diplomacy Counsellor. Murkomen said the doses will go a long way in boosting the ongoing robust Covid-19 vaccination campaign in the country. He noted that they will be distributed in the counties of Mombasa, Nairobi, kakamega, Nakuru, Kisumu, Eldoret while the remainder will be kept at the central stores in Kitengela.
Watnik on his part said the donation brings to over 10 million doses so far donated to Kenya by the US government. He pointed out the achievements Kenya has made over the last six months in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic are significant including administering over 13.8 million doses of vaccines countrywide. He lauded the country’s efforts noting that 27 per cent of Kenyans are now fully vaccinated. Watnik said the vaccines were a sure way of ending the pandemic and appealed to those not yet vaccinated not to wait any longer as it could prove disastrous. He announced that USAID and CDC will support counties and the government to accelerate the vaccination campaign. He further said the US government will in the coming months donate a further 8.3 million vaccines through Covax adding that this will amount to 18.9 million doses making US the largest bilateral donor of Covid-19 vaccines to Kenya.