Kenya says 840 000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines in stock have expired, while a further million doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccines are likely to expire by mid-April.
Daily vaccination rates have reduced from 252,000 early last month to 30 to 40,000 daily. #SABCNews
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This points to vaccine hesitancy in the East African nation.
Kenya has so far vaccinated 17.3 million people.
Kenya lifts remaining COVID-19 restrictions
The revelations come a week after the East African country lifted all restrictions on COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, indicating that the positivity rate has been below one percent over the last two weeks.
Though Kenyans should continue heeding public health measures such as handwashing and social distancing, face masks are no longer mandatory in public and all quarantine measures for confirmed COVID-19 cases are halted with immediate effect, Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe told a news conference.
In November, the government announced that proof of vaccination would be required by December 21 to access schools, transport, state offices, hotels, bars, restaurants, national parks and wildlife reserves.
In the video below, a discussion on Kenya lifting all COVID-19 restrictions:
-Additional reporting by Reuters