From Paris with love: Kenya gets 182,400 Covid doses’ aid

Kenya has boosted her stock of AstraZeneca-Oxford Covid-19 vaccines after receiving 182,400 doses from France under the UN-backed Covax scheme.

In August Kenya expects to start receiving an estimated 13 million doses of the single-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccines which is part of the 30 million doses ordered by the country early this year.

In June, Kenya received 358,700 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, being a donation from the Government of Denmark at a time when the country’s vaccine stocks dried out even as the rollout of the second phase of shots beckoned for thousands of first jab recipients.

Further, Kenya is one of the six countries in Africa that have been picked to get a share of 55 million vaccine donations from the US as the Biden administration flexes muscles to wipe out the pandemic globally.

At the moment, a total of 1,511,693 vaccines have so far been administered across the country.

Of these, total first doses are 1,021,982 while those who have received the second doses are 489,711.

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The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose is at 47.9 per cent with the majority being males at 55 per cent while females are at 45 per cent.

According to the Ministry of Health, the proportion of adults fully vaccinated is 1.88 per cent.

Further, Kenya recorded 506 new Covid-19 cases from a sample size of 7,376 tested in the last 24 hours, posting a positivity rate of 6.9 per cent.

The Ministry of Health said the total confirmed positive cases now stand at 186,959 while the cumulative tests conducted so far are 1,996,442.

Eight patients have succumbed to the virus, one died in the last 24 hours while seven are late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in the months of June and July 2021. This now pushes the cumulative fatalities to 3,705.

At the same time, 355 patients have recovered from the virus; 24 from the home based isolation and care, while 114 are from various health facilities across the country. Total recoveries now stand at 174,522.

According to the Ministry of Health, a total of 1,128 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 5,392 patients are under the home based isolation and care program.

“118 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 39 of whom are on ventilatory support and 60 on supplemental oxygen. 29 patients are under observation. Another 177 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 150 of them in general wards and 27 in High Dependency Units (HDU),” said the ministry.

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