CS Kagwe Shifts Goalposts, Says Kenya Might Go For Sputnik V Vaccine After All


Health CS Mutahi Kagwe tonight revealed that Kenya was negotiating with the Russian government for the procurement of the initially controversy-ridden Sputnik V vaccine.

CS Health, Mutahi Kagwe via zoom.

The CS attributed the lowering of the daily infection rate to the stringent measures in the zoned areas. Conversely, Uasin Gishu, Mombasa, and Wajir which are not zoned-off have been posting increasing figures.

Kenya has a target of vaccinating 30 million people which is sixty percent of the population to reach the break-even point called hard immunity. Kagwe revealed that the challenge of accessing the second batch of vaccines has been exacerbated by the second wave Covid-19 outbreak in India.

Acknowledging the existence of a more virulent strain known as the "Bengali variant" of Covid-19, Kagwe said there may be a need for the cessation of flights to and from India. He hinted at an important announcement on the developing situation scheduled for tomorrow.

The second wave explosion of infections in India has put a strain on global efforts to fight the covid-19 pandemic.

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