Lab technician Irene Ooko is attending to a patient seeking a test for the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 in the Pathologists Lancet Kenya lab in Nairobi, Kenya on April 5, 2020.
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Kenya, along with South Africa, has accused rich countries of “vaccine apartheid” and low- and middle-income countries lack vaccines to fight COVID-19.
In a statement by the Kenyan Foreign Office in response to the country being added to the UK’s prohibited travel list on April 3, it said: “Kenya continues to see with deep regret that vaccine-making countries are around the world have begun to practice a form of vaccine nationalism, obsession and discrimination, coupled with a vaccine hoarding attitude that can only be described as a form of ‘vaccine apartheid’. “
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa made a similar charge when he used his March 30 visit to a local vaccine manufacturing facility to speak out against rich countries buying more than enough vaccines for their populations while poorer countries struggled to acquire them .
Great Britain put Kenya on the “red list” of coronavirus travel and banned travel between the two countries on April 2nd. Just a day later, the Kenyan Foreign Ministry hit back and said the move would have “far-reaching consequences” for several sectors in both countries.
Press release on the UK’s decision on the Kenya Red List. pic.twitter.com/imsypsEG2Q
– ForeignAffairsKenya (@ForeignOfficeKE) April 3, 2021
Kenya also announced its own restrictions on travelers from the UK. The restrictions on both parts went into effect on April 9th. The statement went on to explain that, with UK support, Kenya had expected “better recovery” from the crisis and was instead faced with “discriminatory, divisive penalties”. and exclusive. “
“Kenya continues to believe that out of solidarity and in an effort to better manage this pandemic, the UK government would have provided assistance to Kenya by providing vaccines,” it said. “This is yet another reason Kenya’s request that the UK share vaccines that Kenya knows the UK has in larger quantities than it is currently using.”
While the UK has pledged to donate its surplus vaccines to low-income countries and joins Canada, Norway, France and the European Union, there is no word from the country about when this is expected.
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Kenya, a Commonwealth country of 50 million people, received just over 1 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in early March through the World Health Organization-run COVAX facility. Britain, on the other hand, has ordered over 400 million vaccines for its 66 million people.
Speaking to CNN, Kenya’s chief secretary for foreign affairs, Macharia Kamau, said that while he welcomed the vaccine already received, more support was needed for the country to vaccinate its people.
“We are a country of 50 million people and it is imperative that we vaccinate at least a third of the population. We actually need tens of millions of vaccine doses, not millions, and we need them pretty badly if we are to be effective.” in containing this pandemic, “urged Kamau.
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The East African nation, together with the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, calls for “vaccine apartheid”. Ramaphosa was consistently vocal in its warnings.
“The vaccine apartheid must come to an end,” said Ramaphosa on March 30th. “Because in the end no one in the whole world is safe until everyone is safe, we all need to be treated equally and vaccines all over the world.” be treated as a public good that is available across the board at affordable prices. “