NAIROBI, 20 January 2021 – Kenya’s health ministry says it has ordered and expects to receive 24 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine next month.
The supply would be coming from Astrazeneca and Oxford University, according to Kenya’s health minister, Mutah Kagwe, who was cited Wednesday in media reports.
Kagwe was hosting the UK foreign minister, Dlominic Raab, Wednseday in Nairobi for a 24-hour visit.
Raab said London was assisting Narobi will the rollout of the vaccine.
“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 told reporters.
Kenya’s population is estimated at 48 million inhabitants.
Raab’s visit on Wednesday was the same day Kenya confirmed that it had detected two cases of the new COVID-19 variant first found in a patient in South Africa.
Scientists have said the new variant is transmitted faster, but have not yet established if it sickens people more or if it is more deadly.
Kenya has so far recorded 99,308 cases of the new coronavirus with 1,734 deaths and 82,478 caess of full recovery, according to data from scientists and doctors at Johns Hopkins University.