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Amid Rising COVID Infection Rates, Kenya Looks to China For Help in Securing Vaccine Supplies

A young girl reacts to a nasal swab during a mass testing for COVID-19 coronavirus provided free of charge by the Kenyan government in the Kibera slum in Nairobi on October 18, 2020. TONY KARUMBA / AFP

President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Health Ministry to open talks with China to secure supplies of a future COVID-19 vaccine. Until now, Kenya had planned to depend on the global vaccine alliance known as Covax but amid a new wave of infections and mounting concerns that wealthier countries will hoard the first batch of vaccine supplies, President Kenyatta apparently wants to expand his options.

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