Kenya has received the first consignment of the coronavirus vaccine.
Speaking from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Tuesday midnight when the consignment of 1.02 million units of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine arrived, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said Kenya had been fighting the Covid war with rubber bullets, but with the vaccine, it now has the equivalent of machine guns.
However, he added that the war was not over and that Kenya was still in the middle of a pandemic.
The CS was flanked by Transport CS James Macharia and World Health Organisation representative Rudi Eggers. Kagwe thanked Unicef and the WHO for working with Kenya to make the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine available.
The vaccines will be stored in Kitengela before being distributed across the country, CS Kagwe said. Priority will be given to regional hospitals before being rolled out to far-flung areas.
Among the first to receive the dose will be healthcare workers, followed by other frontline workers such as the police and teachers.
Next in line will be Kenyans with underlying health conditions that make them vulnerable to coronavirus.