Bill Gates’ Wife Melinda Gates has assured President Uhuru that a Covid-19 vaccine would be ready soon.
This promise was made during a virtual meeting with the president on Thursday July, 23. The co-founder of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation assured the head of state that her organization was on the forefront of finding a vaccine for all frontline health care workers all over the world including Kenya.
She reiterated that Kenya would be the first to get the Covid-19 vaccine as soon as it becomes available.
She was quick to praise and commend Kenya's response to the pandemic stating that all the efforts had been geared towards helping women and girls cope better with the social economic impacts of the pandemic.
Melinda added that her foundation was in support of all the efforts and measures being undertaken by the Kenyan government to curb the spread of the virus in the country. Nonetheless, she was quick to note that a lot more was happening to tame the rising cases of violence against women and teenage pregnancies during the current health crisis which was a plus.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is one of Kenya’s top health care development partners. In 2019 alone, they injected Kshs.9 billion to the Kenyan health sector to finance family planning, HIV/AIDS research, maternal and child health, and nutrition.
As of June 2020, the foundation had committed a further Kshs.10 billion to global Vaccine Alliance (Gavi) which is supporting the purchase of vaccines for lower income countries.
The foundation has been clear on how and who will get the vaccines first.
"Places where the pandemic has hit the worst should get first priority," Gates added.
As of July 23, Kenya had recorded 15,601 Cases 263 fatalities and 7,135 recoveries since the first case of Covid-19 was reported in the country.