Kemri is dead broke amid Covid-19 fight

A researcher prepares reagents for testing the samples for the Covid-19 coronavirus at the laboratory of Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) on April 23, 2020.PHOTO | BRIAN ONGORO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Kemri is now seeking Sh950 million to hire personnel, buy equipment and fund other programmes.
  • Some Sh540 million will go into buying coronavirus reagents and screening materials.
  • Kemri is also looking for Sh100 million to hire more staff after getting government’s green light to employ 62 more scientists.
  • The institute is seeking to buy more N95 face masks and other personal protective equipment.

The research agency leading Kenya’s Covid-19 fight is virtually running on empty, its managers have revealed.

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