At the height of COVID-19 infections in the country, Kenya is praying for a donation of COVID-19 vaccines from the government of the United States of America.

The US government has millions of doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine but is yet to authorize its use on its citizens.

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Kenya’s confirmed infections stand at 158,326 from a cumulative test of 1,659,506, taking the positivity rate at 9.8%. PHOTO/COURTESY

The Joe-Biden administration is instead inoculating Americans with Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer with reports that some states are already experiencing the three approved vaccines in surplus.

Despite the US not approving the drug, the country already has 10 million AstraZeneca vaccines and expects 50 million extra doses even as several countries face an acute shortage of the vaccine.

With the US planning to donate its AstraZeneca vaccines, several countries, among them Kenya are hanging around for a share.

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The US is yet to approve the use of AstraZeneca vaccine on her citizens, but has 10 million doses of the vaccine in store with 50 million extra doses expected. PHOTO/COURTESY

“We share the conviction that none of us will be fully safe until in effect everyone is safe, and the vast majority of the world is vaccinated… it’s actually from a national security and national health perspective the necessary thing to do to make sure that everyone everywhere is getting access to the vaccine,” US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken said.

The White House on Monday made known the decision to share the vaccines, the announcement coming on the backstroke of the US and other rich countries being accused of hoarding the crucial drugs as less-endowed countries struggle to secure their citizens.

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