The government has received a boost in the ongoing war against COVID-19 after a batch of 880,460 Moderna vaccines arrived in the country on Monday.
The vaccines which form the first batch of the two shipments expected to total 1.76 million doses from the US government arrived at JKIA at 6.15 am.
This is the first time that Moderna vaccines have been received in Kenya.
The vaccines are part of a United States government donation of 1.8 million doses of the Moderna vaccine through the global COVAX facility.
This donation builds on the United States partnership with the Government of Kenya in response to Covid-19.
“These life-saving vaccines will fill an important need at a critical time in Kenya’s fight against this pandemic”.said US Charde De Affairs Eric Kneedler said.
The World Health Organisation has so far approved six Covid-19 vaccines for emergency use, including AstraZeneca and Moderna.
“We are very grateful to the US Government for this generous donation of Moderna vaccines. This will greatly support the ongoing rollout of Kenya’s Covid-19 vaccination campaign and help us reach the target announced by President Kenyatta to vaccinate 10 million Kenyans by the end of December 2021,”said Health PS Susan Mochache
In preparation for its storage, Kenya has since received freezers from the Japanese company JAICA, with not only a capacity to accommodate 3 million vaccine doses but to store between 12°c -70°c.
Most recent statistics from the Ministry of Health indicate that 1.6 million Kenyans have received the first dose of Astrazeneca vaccine, whereas 780,000 Kenyans are fully vaccinated.
However, 70% of Covid-19 related fatalities are of persons above 50 years of age, and those with underlying conditions.
While prioritizing these groups in vaccines rollout, Kenya (before end of September) aims to administer 150,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines on a daily basis.