Kenya to receive 880,000 doses of Moderna vaccine on Monday

This is part of 1.7 million doses of Moderna vaccines that are expected to arrive in Kenya next week.

In Summary

•"The consignment is scheduled to arrive at JKIA at 6.15am," Kagwe said adding that he and the US ambassador to Kenya will receive them.

•After receiving the consignment, the Cabinet secretary will also address the media.

An employee shows the Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine .
An employee shows the Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine .
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Kenya to receive 880,000 doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine from the US government tomorrow.

The ministry of Health CS Mutahi Kagwe announced this on Sunday. The Vaccines are expected in the country on Monday August 23.

"The consignment is scheduled to arrive at JKIA at 6.15am," Kagwe said adding that he and the US ambassador to Kenya will receive them.

After receiving the consignment, the Cabinet secretary will also address the media.

This is part of 1.7 million doses of Moderna vaccines that are expected to arrive in Kenya next week.

Kenya will also receive at least 390,000 doses of Johnson and Johnson this coming week.

Last week, the government received an additional 407,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine donated by the UK government.

The vaccines donated via the Covax facility and transported by Unicef arrived at JKIA, bringing the total number of vaccines donated recently to Kenya by the UK to 817,000 doses.

Kagwe said another consignment of approximately 400,000 doses from Canada and another consignment of Pfizer vaccines from the USA is set to arrive in mid-September.

This is an effort to achieve Kenya’s ambitious plan to have at least 10 million people vaccinated by December and 26 million by June next year.

Pfizer and Moderna have raised the prices of their vaccines in their latest European Union supply contracts.

The new price for the Pfizer shot was 19.50 euros (Sh2,514) against 15.50 euros (Sh1,997.57) previously.

The price of a Moderna vaccine was $25.50 (Sh2,769.30) a dose, the contracts show, up from about 19 euros(Sh2,448.63) in the first procurement deal but lower than the previously agreed $28.50 (Sh3,095.10) because the order had grown.