Kenya approves China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine

The head of COVID-19 Vaccine Taskforce in Ministry of Health Dr Willis Akhwale said that Pharmacy and Poisons Board has approved Sinopharm for use

By The Weekly Vision Online

Kenya has approved China’s Sinopharm vaccine as the country intensifies the fight against COVID-19 targeting high-risk groups.

Dr Willis Akhwale, head of COVID-19 Vaccine Taskforce in Ministry of Health, said that Kenya’s medical regulatory body the Pharmacy and Poisons Board has approved Sinopharm, which has been granted emergency use by the World Health Organization to boost ongoing inoculation against the virus.

 “Kenya has approved Sinopharm. We have confidence in its efficacy since it has been certified by WHO,” said Akhwale, adding that the country had given a nod to China-made vaccine alongside three others as it targets to immunize 10 per cent of the adult population by year’s end. As of Wednesday, Kenya had recorded 224,400 confirmed cases, with 2.8 per cent of adults fully vaccinated.

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