Kenya on Saturday received 410,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines from the UK government.

The consignment was received by officials from the ministry of health led by Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi.

The vaccine is expected to boost the country's ongoing vaccination program.

Speaking at the airport, Mwangangi thanked the government of UK on behalf of Kenya.

"Our capacity for vaccine deployment remains robust. As is common knowledge our efforts have been greatly affected by supply constraints. When we receive donations like these from friends and well-wishers, it’s a deserved shot in the arm for our vaccination efforts," Mwangangi said.

In an effort to meet President Uhuru Kenyatta’s targets that aim to ensure that at least 10 million Kenyans are vaccinated by Christmas this year and 26 million people by end of next year.

Kenya is also expecting to receive 1,760,000 doses of Pfizer from the US government.

A further 235,000 doses of Astrazeneca are expected in the country from Greece with an extra 55,000 doses of AstraZeneca set to arrive in the country from Lativia as part of bilateral donations.

The government announced on Wednesday during the resumption of the administration of the first Covid jab to the priority groups.

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