UPDATED 5:33 PM PT – Saturday, July 17, 2021
Secretary of State Antony Blinken welcomed Kenyan diplomats with efforts to bolster a bilateral relationship with the African state. On Friday, Blinken met with Kenya’s foreign minister to discuss how both countries could move forward in the post-pandemic era.
According to Blinken, the U.S. is expected to send its first shipments of COVID-19 vaccines to Kenya in the coming days amid a surge in cases across the African continent.
“We’re very pleased to have been able to help with COVID and vaccines. There are 1.7 million vaccines that are en route soon to Kenya,” he stated. “We’re grateful for the strategic partnership that we have much work to be done on the continent and beyond.”
Met with Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Raychelle Omamo to reaffirm the importance of the U.S.-Kenya strategic partnership, which is critical to addressing our shared priorities such as the fight against COVID-19 and the ongoing crises in Ethiopia and South Sudan. pic.twitter.com/pCG9lQeLeA
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) July 16, 2021
This comes as the U.S. has shipped more than 53 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to other countries as a part of the Biden administration’s global vaccination efforts.