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Kenya to receive 72,000 COVID-19 vaccines from South Sudan

Kenya is set to receive 72,000 coronavirus vaccines from the Covax facility this week.

The doses will be re-circulated from South Sudan.

South Sudan which received 132, 000 AstraZeneca doses in March made it clear through their health personnel that they could not use the jabs in advance of their expiry dates.

According to the country’s Health Minister Mayen Machout, they were unable to utilize all the doses.

This came after approval delays from parliament concerning the use of the vaccine.

“We also noticed that some health workers did not want to get vaccinated and a lot of time was spent training people how to give the jabs,” Dr Machout added.

After the re-circulation, South Sudan will remain with 52,000 doses which they hopefully will utilize before their expiry on 18 July.

Meanwhile, as coronavirus is on its third wave, Kenya’s current positivity rate stands at 10.3%. New infection cases reported in the last 24 hrs are 382 while the recoveries stand at 1,134 and recorded deaths at 14.

The Ministry of Health has urged Kenyans from time to time to get vaccinated and also safeguard their health by continually wearing masks.

By Everlyne Bosibori

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