Covid-19 Vaccines Expected To Arrive on Wednesday Minutes Past Midnight

Once the vaccines arrive, a vaccination rollout will follow soon with about 1.25 million people earmarked for the vaccination by June 2021.

Covid-19 Vaccines Expected To Arrive on Wednesday Minutes Past Midnight
Despite its arrival, only a few may be able to benefit from it for a start. [Photo/ Nation]

About 1.02 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses are expected in Kenya today at 0005hrs when the plane will land at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

The consignment is set to be delivered through the Emirates Airline, a courier company contracted by the Gavi-led Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (Covax) partnership. 

Upon arrival, the batch is set to be ferried to the vaccine main stores in Kitengela. Kenya will now join a list of over ten African nations that have since received their consignments.

However, despite its eagerly awaited arrival, not all are set to benefit instantly from the arrival. Set for the Friday launch at the Kenyatta National Hospital, the vaccination will only focus on a targetted lot.

Among those given the highest priority are medics and frontline workers including teachers and guards. For the first batch, beneficiaries will pay no charges, but as time goes by, some administration fees may be applied.

With a double jab recommended for every beneficiary, the World Health Organization (WHO) has called upon the nations to consider issuing the dose in intervals of two to three months apart.