Kenya ‘orders 24 million Covid-19 vaccine doses’

By BBC On Tue, 15 Dec, 2020 09:58 | < 1 min read
The vaccine will be made available across the UK starting next week. [PHOTO | FILE]
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    • Kenya government will spend Sh10 billion ($89m; £66m) for the vaccines, the Star reports.
    • Ordered doses will be enough to cover 20 percent of Kenya’s population.

Kenya has ordered 24 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines, the Star newspaper has reported, citing Ministry of Health officials.

The Kenyan government will spend Sh10 billion ($89m; £66m) for the vaccines, the newspaper reports.

The ministry submitted its request to the Global Vaccine Alliance Initiative (Gavi) last week, according to the report

This will be enough to cover 20 percent of the country’s population.

The World Bank puts the population of Kenya currently at more than 52 million.

It is not clear which vaccine the East African country has ordered.

Mid this year Gavi said that each dose of the Covid-19 vaccine will go for about $3.

Top on the list of those who will be vaccinated are frontline workers, the elderly and those with underlying conditions.

Gavi has signed agreements with manufacturers of about nine vaccine candidates.

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