UK to give Kenya more than 800,000 doses of Oxford jab

UK to give Kenya more than 800,000 doses of Oxford jab

UK to give Kenya more than 800,000 doses of Oxford jab

The government has announced the UK will give Kenya 817,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. 

The first 400,000 doses are due to be sent this week. 

There have been growing concerns of vaccine shortages in some African countries that have stumped the vaccine rollout programmes. 

Dominic Raab is set to announce a total of nine million Oxford vaccines will be sent through COVAX – an initiative to distribute jabs worldwide. 

The UK has committed to share 100 million doses internationally by June 2022. 

Boris Johnson is due to meet Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta this afternoon, ahead of Thursday’s Global Education Summit in London. 

The prime minister and President Kenyatta will discuss trade, defence, development and the pandemic, the government said. 

“The UK and Kenya share a long and rich history, but this is a relationship that is focused on the future,” Mr Johnson said.

“As friends and allies, we are sharing UK vaccine doses to support Kenya’s fight against the pandemic.

“From boosting economic growth to addressing climate change and getting girls into school, the UK and Kenya are working hand-in-hand to deliver a more secure and prosperous world.

“I look forward to welcoming President Kenyatta today to drive that agenda forward, and to joining forces tomorrow to raise vital funds at the Global Education Summit in London.”

The government said the two nations are also working together to boost investment and business links between them. 

Mr Kenyatta is also due to meet with Health Secretary Sajid Javid on Thursday.

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