Kenya receives 210,000 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from U.S

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Kenya has received the second batch of 210,000 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines from the United States, boosting the country’s effort to inoculate its population against the pandemic.

The vaccines arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) around 1 am on Tuesday from the COVAX facility.

It is an additional dose on top of the 795,600 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines that Kenya received from the U.S on September 27.

On September 6, Kenya received extra 880,320 doses of the Moderna Vaccine, a donation from the U,S under the COVAX.

Another batch of doses of the vaccine is due to arrive in the country in the coming weeks to complete the 2.03 million Pfizer vaccine doses the U.S government pledged to donate to Kenya.

On the ongoing vaccination exercise, the Ministry of Health says the government is working towards marking this year’s Mashujaa Day with at least 5.8million people vaccinated.

U.S President Joe Biden previously committed to deliver over a billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to countries across the world.

The donation from the U.S is among over 1 billion coronavirus vaccines the G7 promised to donate to poor countries in June this year.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has so far approved six COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use, including all four now available in Kenya – AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer.

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Lawrence Baraza is a prolific writer with competencies in Digital Media, Print, and Broadcast. Baraza is also a Communication Practitioner currently spearheading Digital content on Metropol TV's Digital Desk.

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