President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced that Kenya will vaccinate at least 10 million people by December 25 with the delivery of Johnson and Johnson vaccine, which requires a single jab.

While acknowledging the progress made by Kenya in fighting the pandemic, President Kenyatta revealed plans to vaccinate 150,000 people daily starting this August, a move that will see the entire adult population of 26 million Kenyans vaccinated by 2022. He further expressed hope that the country can, in the near future, become a vaccine processing hub for the region.

"In the mid-term, we will build in Kenya a 'fill and finish' plant. The plan being to the Covid-19 vaccine unpackaged and finalize the logistics of filling and packaging it in Kenya."

During his address, the President extended the government's ban on political and other public gatherings for 60 days. Churches will, however, remain open at one-third capacity.

Curfew in hotspot lake region counties still remains from 7.00 p.m to 4.00 a.m for the next 60 days. The counties affected are Kisumu, Siaya, Homa Bay, Migori, Busia, Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma, Kisii, Nyamira, Kericho, Bomet, and Trans Nzoia.

Kenya has recorded a total of 3621 deaths with 125,388 recoveries since the first case was reported in March 2020.

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