Kenya has on Wednesday received 252,000 doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccines which were directly procured by the government.
“On Wednesday afternoon the Government received a consignment of 252,000 doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccines at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport aboard Emirates airline. The vaccines were directly procured by the Kenya Government.” Said Ministry of Health.
Receiving the consignment was the Chairman of the National Task force on Covid-19 Deployment and Vaccination Dr. Willis Akhwale on behalf of Health CS Mutahi Kagwe.
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The Kenyan government has so far set aside 14.3 billion in the next financial year so as to procure 13 million doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccines. The government is also expecting an additional 1 million doses of the vaccine between August and December and an additional two million doses beginning of January next year.
“The Government had made a provision of Ksh 14.3 billion to procure 13 million doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccines in the current financial year and that this was part of that provision.
The Government had projected to be receiving one million doses of Johnson and Johnson between August & December and about two million from January.” Said Ministry of Health.
So far the country has received 393,600 doses of the vaccine out of the 13 million expected in the country. Those received will be distributed through various means including mobile units.
““We are happy with the increased doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccines as they will be used in our primary health care facilities, as well as our mobile outreach units,” Said Dr. Willis Akhwale