By Kiptanui Rutto
Kitengela town of Kajiado County will play host of the Qatar Airways’ delivered consignment to Kenya. The 1.02 Million doses of Oxford’s Astrazeneca vaccines for Coronavirus arrived at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, in Nairobi, Kenya early Wednesday.
While receiving the consignment, the Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe said the fight is no more of rubber bullets but they now have machine guns, bazookas, and tanks to fight the war against COVID-19. He said the drugs will be a game-changer.
Kenya, which has so far recorded 106,470 infections and 1,863 deaths from the virus, has seen a jump in the number of daily cases in the last two weeks.
The doses which arrived on Wednesday came from the Serum Institute of India and were the first batch of an initial allocation to Kenya of 3.56 million doses by the COVAX facility, the ministry of health said.
On the other hand, Transport CS, James Macharia said they have signed a memorandum with UNICEF and GAVI to give Kenya Airways transportation logistics for the next consignment. He said they will join forces with the Ministry of Health to make sure disbursement and everything else on transport runs smoothly
The vaccines will be disbursed across the country on Thursday whereby the front runners including the doctors, nurses, teachers and police officers will yet be vaccinated.
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However, there are mixed reactions as to who will be vaccinated first. Roughly 400,000 health workers will take priority when vaccinations begin later this week before other essential workers like teachers and police.
Delta Tours Kenya Director Daniel Muinde said the vaccines will help fight the virus and that will bring forth the resumption of tourism sector. While speaking to other stakeholders in Machakos, Muinde hailed the country saying its geographical position globally has made it not only a tourist attraction but also among the first to countries to receive the vaccines.
Caleb Otieno who dwells in Kitengela said he would like the president to lead the way by being vaccinated first saying this could be a death trap as witnessed in South Africa.
Business person Julius Musungu said the vaccine will be relieve as business will bounce back to life. He wishes to be among the first to be vaccinated.