The Ministry of Health has established a task force chaired by Dr Willis Akhwale to ensure the expedited deployment of COVID-19 vaccines.
Kenya is set to receive 24 million doses from the COVAX facility and will also get an additional 11 million doses from other mechanisms. The dosage will vaccinate an estimated 16 million Kenyans- approximately 30% of the population for a period of 18 months. Speaking to the media from Afya House , Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the vaccines have already been tested and found safe for use.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has indicated that it’s COVAX programme is targeting to deploy 600Million doses of the COVID 19 vaccine in Africa.
This comes as 141 more people have tested positive to the disease, out of a sample size of 5,644 tested in the last 24 hours. The total confirmed positive cases are now 100,563 as the cumulative tests conducted so far are 1,177,811. From the cases 124 are Kenyans while 17 are foreigners.
64 patients have recovered from the disease. 44 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care while 20 are from various health facilities. The total recoveries now stand at 83,821.
Fortunately, no people have succumbed to the disease. This leaves the fatality rate at 1,753.