Kenya receives first batch of the COVID-19 vaccine

Kenya has received its first batch of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccines, which arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, in Nairobi on Tuesday night.

The 1.02 million doses were received by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe alongside other top government officials and were transported by UNICEF as part of the COVAX facility, which aims to provide equitable access to vaccines for all countries.

“This is a historic day for Kenya, marking an important milestone in our fight against COVID-19,” Cabinet Secretary for Health Hon Mutahi Kagwe said while addressing journalists at the JKIA.

He added, “This has been made possible by the leadership of His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta and the hard work of the Ministry of Health. I would like to thank UNICEF, WHO and GAVI for their support in procuring and transporting these life-saving vaccines and the Kenyan people.”

The vaccines arrived on Qatar Airways flight QR1341