Covid-19 vaccine doses given in millions to Kenya and Nigeria via COVAX
The first shipment of just over 1 million Covax-funded AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines arrived in Kenya’s capital Nairobi on Tuesday as African countries ramp up their vaccine rollouts.
The East African nation’s vaccination campaign will start with its 400,000 health professionals before extending to other frontline workers.
Mutahi Kagwe, the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary of Health, gives an overview of the initial vaccination campaign logistics.
“We have got the police, teachers and other people after that we are going to people with comorbidities, people who have got other diseases so that we can also protect them,” said Mutahi Kagwe, the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary of Health.
“And only then we are going to start rolling out to the rest of the population, So we hope that Kenyans will understand, we have to have a priorities list — we cannot do everybody at the same time.”
A flight carrying almost four million doses of the coronavirus vaccine via the COVAX system arrived that same day at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.
This is one of the single largest consignment (of vaccines) that has left India, which is now emerging as the pharmacy of the world, we have so far exported or supplied, or donated nearly 36 million doses to 35 different countries and another 15 countries will be supplied this vaccine soon,” said Abhay Thakur, India’s High Commissioner to Nigeria.
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