Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb Raychelle Omamo this morning received and held bilateral talks with UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs and First Secretary of State RT. Dominic Raab.
CS Omamo and Raab discussed bilateral issues touching on Kenya-UK Strategic Partnership 2020-25, Investment and Business Environment Reforms, Counter-terrorism,Health in relation to Covid-19, Climate Change and co-hosting of the 2021 Educ. Repleshment Summit.
After the bilateral talks, the two leaders signed the Supplemental Arrangement to the Framework on Kenya- UK Strategic Partnership which is a monitoring mechanism that aims to elevate cooperation between the two countries under 5 pillars.
Meanwhile, Britain is assisting Kenya to prepare for the roll-out of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Astrazeneca and Oxford University, its foreign secretary said, as African nations race to ensure their populations are inoculated.
Kenya has ordered 24 million doses of the vaccine and it expects delivery of the shots to start in the second week of February.
Addressing a news conference, Raab said “It is for us not just our moral duty, but in the British national interest to see Kenyans vaccinated just as soon as we physically, logistically can.”
Britain has provided technical assistance to the ministry of health to help prepare for the roll-out in Kenya to ensure it “gets to those who need it just as quickly as we physically possibly can”, Raab said, without offering more details.
African countries will pay between $3 and $10 per vaccine dose to access 270 million COVID-19 shots secured this month by the African Union (AU).