An Indian airplane carrying around 100,000 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine has landed in the country last evening.
The Indian government donates the doses to Kenya and to serve as a boost towards the program of Covid-19 vaccination that was rolled out last week.
Mutahi Kagwe, the Health CS and his counterparts received the donation of vaccines at JKIA on Thursday. In their company was the High Commissioner for India to Kenya Dr. Virander Kumar who pointed the donation to be a step forward that will strengthen the relationship between the two countries.
The CS stated that he is confident that the vaccines can be trusted and encourages Kenyans to be vaccinated in large numbers amid fears from Kenyans concerning the vaccination whether it can be trusted. Many Kenyans are still not for the idea especially now that some of the first class countries in Europe have suspended the vaccine reason being that the vaccine could cause some other health complications like blood clots.
Mutahi Kagwe expressed his confidence in the vaccine claiming that even though some countries have suspended it, it remains in use in several others.
The CS said that the country have used the vaccines for only a week and it’s very soon to speak of its effect. He also stated that the concerned team are also doing some tests to be able to determine its effectiveness.
The country of Denmark becomes the latest to join the others in suspending the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine which has been linked to causing blood clots.
The first shipment the country received of the AstraZeneca vaccine was last week, which was produced by the Serum Institute of India.
The country also received an estimated of about 1.02 million vaccines from the Covax facility with vaccination going on, that targets priority groups like medical workers and teachers.
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