Denmark delivers coronavirus vaccines to Kenya

Kenya has received 358,000 doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine from Denmark.

The doses were delivered by UNICEF to the Ministry of Health on Monday evening and will be distributed to regional vaccine stores for further distribution to the counties so as to boost the second inoculation exercise that commenced late last month.

The donation by the Danish government will be administered to those who have already got the first dose, with healthcare workers prioritized.

 By Sunday, only 0.7 percent of adults in Kenya had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 since the exercise commenced.

The doses will go a long way in mitigating the shortage of COVID-19 vaccines to be administered as second doses to healthcare workers and other frontline workers.

Kenya began her inoculation exercise in March after receiving 1.25 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from India.

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 In May, the country was set to start the second phase of immunization. However, India, which is dealing with a massive outbreak of COVID-19, barred vaccine exports to vaccinate her population first.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said a total of 1,183,376 vaccines have so far been administered across the country.

So far over 995,012 people have received their first dose while 188,364 have been fully vaccinated.

The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first is at 18.9 percent with the majority being males at 56 percent.

 According to records from the Ministry of Health, the proportion of adults fully vaccinated is now at 0.72 percent.

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