Kenya on Thursday morning received 358,200 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from the Canadian Government.
The vaccines were received by officials from the Kenyan Government led by Health PS Susan Mochache at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Canadian Ambassador to Kenya David Anthony Da Silva handed over the vaccines.
Kenya’s portfolio of Covid-19 vaccines has continued to widen.
Last week, a batch of 880,460 doses of the Moderna vaccine arrived in the country from the United States.
The vaccines which form the first batch of the two shipments expected to total 1.76 million doses from the US government arrived at JKIA at 6.15 am.
This was the first time that Moderna vaccines have been received in Kenya.
The vaccines were donated through the Covax facility and transported by Unicef.
The World Health Organisation has so far approved six Covid-19 vaccines for emergency use, including AstraZeneca and Moderna.
“Vaccination is now open to all Kenyans over the age of 18. I would like to emphasize that all WHO and government of Kenya approved vaccines, including the AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines, are safe and effective,” Mochache said.
The vaccines arrived through the global Covax initiative, which is co-led by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, WHO, and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), working in partnership with Unicef as well as the World Bank, civil society organizations, manufacturers, and others.
Covax is part of the Access to Covid-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, a ground-breaking global collaboration to accelerate development, production, and equitable access to Covid-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines.