By Samuel Ouma
Kenya will receive additional 407,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from the United Kingdom government, British High Commissioner to Kenya Jane Marriott.
According to her, the vaccines will arrive in the country on Tuesday night in yet another boost to ongoing efforts to vaccinate its adult population.
The latest consignment is the second shipment after Kenya received the first consignment of AstraZeneca vaccine doses in July.
On August 6, 2021, the East African country also received 180,000 doses from the Greek government as it aims to vaccinate 10 million of its people by December this year.
Statistics from the Ministry of Health show that as of August 14, 2021, 2,033,277 vaccines had been administered across the country, and of these, the total first doses are 1,287,010 while second doses are second are 746,267.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose is at 58.0 percent, with the majority being males at 55 percent while females are at 45 percent.
So far, the proportion of adults fully vaccinated is 2.7 percent.
In March, the vaccination exercise kicked off in Kenya after receiving a consignment of 1.02 million doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine.
UNICEF transported the vaccines as part of the COVAX facility, which aims to provide equitable access to vaccines for all countries worldwide.