THE UNITED STATES DONATES PFIZER VACCINE TO KENYA
Nairobi, Kenya, September 17, 2021: The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi announces the arrival of a donation of nearly 800,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to the Government of Kenya. An additional shipment of the Pfizer vaccine will arrive later in September. These life-saving vaccines are part of the United States’ efforts to combat COVID-19 around the globe committing over half a billion doses world-wide. The vaccines arrived in Kenya on September 17 and were met at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by representatives from the United States Embassy, the Kenyan Ministry of Health, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization.
The United States will continue to coordinate with the Government of Kenya, the African Union, and the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) to provide life-saving vaccine doses through Gavi/COVAX. The United States has donated close to 3 million doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to the people of Kenya. To complement the vaccine donation, the United States, through USAID and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, has invested $4.9 million (495 million KSH) to support the vaccine rollout in Kenya through projects aimed at increasing demand for vaccines, health worker training, project monitoring, strengthening supply chain and cold storage capacity, and monitoring adverse effects.
“The COVAX delivered vaccines are safe and effective. It is our responsibility to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities from this deadly virus, and the best way to do this is to get vaccinated as quickly as possible,” said U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Eric Kneedler.
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