NAIROBI, 1 April 2021 – Kenya’s ministry of health is under sharp criticism for its management of vaccine doses after at least one hospital in the capital halted vaccinations, citing lack of supplies.
The Aga Khan Hospital, a private hospital in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on Tuesday said it had run out of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses, prompting a halt in free inoculations at its facilities.
The announcement came as the hospital started charging for vaccination using the Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine.
Kenya’s leading media group, Nation, reported Monday that the Russian embassy in Kenya had distanced itself from the importation of the Russian-made vaccines.
The Kenyan government has cautioned against the use of the Russian-made vaccine.
Public health officials in the East African nation have not yet granted emergency use authorization for use of the Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine in the country.
The Nairobi Aga Khan Hospital said it will resume free vaccinations once it receives additional doses of the government-furnished vaccines.
Kenya received 1.12 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from the global COVAX initiative.
On Tuesday, the country’s health ministry said 130,575 people had been vaccinated countrywide so far, with 806,000 doses distributed.
As of Thursday, Kenya has confirmed 134,000 cases of COVID-19 with 2,153 fatalities and 92,679 full recoveries, according to data from the health ministry, the World Health Organization, and Johns Hopkins University Hospital.