Kenya’s health officials have said they will engage Russia over its Covid-19 vaccine, hours after the announcement of the approval of vaccine.
Russia on Tuesday became the first country in the world to approve COVID-19 vaccine.
The vaccine was developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, after less than two months of human testing.
The institute also launched phase three trials for its vaccine last week which will involve thousands of volunteers.
The country’s health ministry has given regulatory approval for the vaccine with President Vladimir Putin making the announcement on Tuesday.
Russia has already said it has received an order of 1 billion doses from 20 countries, hours after announcing the approval of the vaccine.
Kenya’s health chief administrative secretary, Dr. Mercy Mwangangi told local media that “We definitely will plug in and work with Russia to ensure that the vaccine is safe before we use it.”
She said the Kenyan government will follow protocols through its foreign ministry to access the vaccine.
Kenya has so far confirmed 27,425 coronavirus cases and health officials say they want to increase protective measures, to reduce infection rates.
Covid-19 has killed over 700,000 people globally and infected more than 20 million with over 12 million others recovering.