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Kenya Rolls Out Russian Jabs, South Sudan Trails As Vaccination Campaigns Take Shape In East Africa

In November, Russia estimated that Sputnik V will cost under $20 per person on international markets.

Kenya has began vaccinating it’s citizens with Russia’s Sputnik V jabs for a fee.

The move comes after the regulator, Pharmacy and Poisons Board, approved the vaccine for emergency purposes.

Private facilities in the capital Nairobi are charging about 7,700 shillings ($70.30), according to sources that spoke to this website.

Sputnik V is proving to be cheaper compared to Astrazeneca which is reportedly being hoarded by cartels according to experts.

In November, Russia estimated that Sputnik V will cost under $20 per person on international markets.

It aimed at producing more than a billion doses at home and abroad in a plan believed to push through 2021.

East African countries are working to expand the first phase of their respective vaccination programs to reduce the viral spread.

Rwanda is seeking vaccinate at least 7.8 million people representing 60 percent of the population by June next year. Authorities say this ambitious plan would cost $47 million on short term.

Uganda has adjusted the vaccine roll-out plan and resolved to vaccinate 964,000 people. Initially, the ministry targeted 482,000 people, a number that represented half of the available vaccines.

Meanwhile South Sudan has postponed the launch of its Covid-19 vaccination campaign, but did not offer a specific reason for the delay.

The vaccination programme was supposed to start on Monday in the capital Juba as announced last week by the health ministry.

Government official John Romunu said the vaccination exercise was postponed “for simple logistical reasons”.

He said they are yet to receive information on when the vaccinations will take place.

South Sudan received its first batch of 132,000 doses of the vaccine on 26 March.

The country has recorded 10,119 cases and 108 related deaths.