NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 18 – Pfizer vaccines donated by the US on Friday had been deployed straight to 9 regional centers as a result of stringent storage requirements.
Talking in Nairobi whereas receiving the vaccines, Successfully being Distinguished Secretary Susan Mochache said the vaccines will handiest be availed to accredited amenities able to laborious 500 doses a week.
Mochache said the nine regional stores had been already equipped with the ultra-chain cool storage freezers.
“From the regional retailer these vaccines will be transported to chosen vaccination posts which possess that ability to secure them at a temperature of between 2-8 degrees which is always frequent with all assorted vaccines,” she said.
The Successfully being PS added that the once the Pfizer vaccine containers are opened, they can’t be refrozen or restored including that vaccines must be consumed internal 28 days.
She added that in a expose to secure certain the protection of the vaccines, the health ministry had partnered with the county governments to reveal over 3,000 scientific examiners who will be all for the vaccination reveal and posted in designated vaccine centers within the country.
“Following these trainings, it has moreover helped us to trek our day-to-day uptake of the vaccinations,” she said.
PS Mochache said that Kenya might per chance not secure the vaccines earlier due to the the country lacked the major infrastructure for storage of the vaccines handiest continue to exist at extremely low temperatures of -70 degrees
“We might per chance not designate the Pfizer vaccines earlier due to the we desired to secure arrangements to possess the, mandatory infrastructure and particularly the ultra-cool storage chain, which we have got now assign in put the usage of our have sources because the authorities of Kenya and with toughen of our company and companions the authorities of Japan and the US UPS foundation,” she said.
She added that the vaccines will boost Kenya’s efforts to step up the vaccination of its voters.
“This vaccine will dash a long methodology in accelerating our vaccination campaign against the COVID -19 pandemic as we walk as we walk against realizing our blueprint of immunizing 60 p.c of our population,” she said.
Mochache said that that the fresh donation brings the decision of vaccine kinds within the country to four saying Kenya had since received a total of over 6.3 million doses of various vaccines.
On September 13, Kenya received one other 210,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from Poland to raise the nationwide vaccination force focusing on 10 million of us by December.
The vaccines had been received on the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) by the pinnacle of the Kenya COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment Taskforce Dr. Willis Akhwale.
“With this availability of vaccine doses, we’re genuinely ready to vaccinate many extra of us. And therefore, here is the time for Kenyans to genuinely designate themselves to vaccination posts to secure the jab,” Akhwale said
Kenya has deployed AstraZeneca, Johnson and Johnson and Moderna vaccines and now the Pfizer vaccines in efforts to fight COVID-19. The country is moreover looking forward to the Sinopharm vaccine from China.