(Bloomberg) -- Kenya approved the emergency use of Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer Inc. Covid-19 vaccines, said Fred Siyoi, chief executive officer of the Pharmacy and Poisons Board.
The East African nation expects to receive 13 million J&J doses starting this month. Kenya’s plan to inoculate its entire adult population of 26 million people by end of 2022 is reliant on J&J vaccines. About 10 million people will be vaccinated by the end of December, President Uhuru Kenyatta said last month.
Kenya has so far inoculated less than 2.5% of its population of approximately 53 million people, using mostly doses from AstraZeneca.
The nation is battling a surge in cases after the positivity rate hit 18% in July and authorities warned of a shortage of oxygen and scarcity of hospital beds in the capital, Nairobi. Health Secretary Mutahi Kagwe lask week annouced the suspension of public gatherings and said a night curfew will remain in force.
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