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Kenya to Run Own Covid-19 Vaccine Plant by Easter next year

President Uhuru Kenyatta yester- day announced establishment of Kenya Biovax Limited to manufacture Covid-19 vaccines.

He said this will end dependence on vaccine donations. Uhuru directed the Ministry of Health to operationalise the facility for the eventual manufacturing of homespun doses by Easter of 2022.

"If there is anything, we have learnt from the Covid-19 pandemic is tessence of self-reliance. As the first step towards this goal, we have established a company to facilitate this venture in the name of Kenya Biovax Limited" he said.

Uhuru further directed the National Treasury to allocate Sh3.2 billion for construction of 50 Level 3 hospitals. This will enhance implementation of the Universal Health Coverage which should be fully implemented by next year, according to the ministry plan.

Speaking during Mashujaa Day celebrations at Wang'uru Stadium in Kirinyaga County, the President further noted that the transformation of the health sector is one of the phenomenal testimonies of how we turned Covid-19 obstacles into opportunities.

He noted that in Nairobi, the Government has constructed 15 level two and three hospitals in various infomal settlement, through the Nairobi Metropolitan Services.

Uhuru said another 15 facilities are under construction. The country's Intensive Care Unit capacity also increased by 502 per cent, from 108to 651. The hospital bed capacity increased by 47 per cent from 56,069 in 2013 to 82,291 across the country.

In addition, Uhuru noted that the country's oxygen capacity in public health facilities has been revamped from 3m liters per day in March 2020, to 32 million liters per day, by October.

The laboratory testing capacity for Covid-19 has also improved, from one laboratory in March 2020, to 95.

"..at the beginning of the pandemic early last year, we used to ship our samples for testing in South Africa and the results turnaround time would be anything from five days onwards," said the president.

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