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Covid-19 programme boosted, as the World Bank lends Kenya Sh14bn loan for vaccines.

By Moses Ochengo

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The Government is set to receive another Sh.14 billion loan from the The World Bank, for the purchase of Covid-19 vaccines. 

The Board of Executive Directors for the World Bank on Tuesday confirmed that Kenya will be given $130 million. The funding will enable the country purchase more vaccines, through its Covid-19 Health Emergency Response Project.

The financing will see the implementation of vaccine procurement through the African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (Avatt) and the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (Covax) facilities. The initiative is set benefit millions of Kenyans with the jabs.

The project will also expand the distribution and storage capacity, particularly to the various County Governments.

“This additional financing comes at a critical time when the Government of Kenya is making concerted efforts to contain the rising cases of Covid-19 infections and accelerate the deployment of vaccines to a wider population,” said Keith Hansen, World Bank Country Director for Kenya. 

“The upfront financing for the acquisition of Covid-19 vaccines will enable the government to expand access to more Kenyans free of cost.” Hansen added.

Other activities that will covered by the funding include vaccine safety surveillance, training for health workers, and advocacy and communications activities to encourage Covid-19 vaccine uptake.

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