COVID-19 vaccines running out in Kenya as uptake of second jab surges

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NAIROBI, June 15 (Xinhua) -- Kenya is running out of COVID-19 vaccines as uptake of the second dose rises sharply, with many of those who had received first jabs eager to be fully vaccinated.

The east African nation started administering a second dose of vaccines after receiving 142,000 AstraZeneca doses from South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

As of Monday, the Ministry of Health said some 128,744 persons had received their second jabs, leaving a balance of some 13,000 doses.

The shortage of vaccines has seen a number of health facilities across the country, in particular in the coastal city of Mombasa, the capital Nairobi and Kisumu, stop the service.

Kenya received 1.02 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine in March when it started the vaccination drive.

Kenya had cumulatively vaccinated 1.12 million people as of Monday, which is less than 1 percent of its over 52 million population, the ministry said.

Kenya is currently banking on a donation of 358,000 vaccine doses from Denmark to give the exercise a fresh lifeline. Enditem

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