Covid-19: Kenya joins Oxford University vaccine trial

Laboratory technicians handle capped vials of the University of Oxford’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate, AZD1222, at the Italian biologics’ manufacturing facility of multinational corporation Catalent in Anagni, southeast of Rome, on September 11, 2020.

Photo credit: Vincenzo Pinto | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The trial in Kenya will initially involve 40 frontline workers in Kilifi County.
  • Once the vaccine safety is confirmed, a further 360 volunteers will be recruited with possible expansion of the trial to Mombasa County.

Kenya has joined global efforts to search for an effective vaccine for Covid-19 with the start of a trial evaluating vaccine candidate ChAdOx1 nCoV-19.

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