Kenyans are still far from receiving the vaccination against Covid-19. The country is relying on Oxford University AstraZeneca vaccine still under test in Kilifi County.
Dr. George Warimwe spearheads the study on AstraZeneca. He revealed that the vaccine is in the third stage of testing. Dr. Warimwe added that when ready, they will give priority to the health workers. Persons working in places where they are likely to interact with many people will also receive prominence.
“People involved in rapid response against Corona Virus, and people who are at the fore front in providing a service to the public, are at high risk,” said Dr. Warimwe.
Earlier, the Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Rashid Aman had shed hope of getting the vaccine ready soon. He said that it is possible to get an emergency use permit for the vaccine. This is due to the high rate of new Covid-19 infections
“The vaccine might also be given emergency use authorization very shortly. We are already in discussions on the availability of this vaccine when it becomes available,” Said Dr. Aman.
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However, Dr. Warimwe, said that releasing the vaccine may take longer. He based delays on the lack of a local evaluation of the vaccine.
“It has not been tried in Kenya, the only other African country where trials have been done is South Africa,” said Dr. Warimwe.
Three days have lapsed after the first person got vaccinated against Covid-19. In the United Kingdom (UK), the 90-year-old Margaret Keenan received the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on Tuesday. The UK has since moved on to vaccinate more others. On the priority list are health workers and those of over 70 years.
The UK is the first country in the world to start using the Pfizer vaccine. This is after regulators approved its use last week.
On Tuesday, US regulators confirmed the vaccine is 95% effective. Moreover, the vaccine has been found to be “safe and effective.” This is according to a paper published on Tuesday and assessed by independent scientists.
However, fears have now emerged after some people with severe allergies showed allergic reactions to the Pfizer vaccine.