Has the Kenya Government Received the COVID-19 Vaccine?

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Two posts on Twitter published on January 19, 2021, claim that Kenya has apparently received the COVID-19 vaccine.

In one of the posts, it is claimed that the vaccine is already in Kenya although it is reserved for high-ranking members of the public, referred in the post as ‘wakubwa’.

Another post claims that the vaccine is already in the country but half of it has allegedly been disposed of due to poor storage.

Background

On December 8, 2020, Britain became the first country to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to its citizens. Kenya joined this and other countries in the race to fight COVID-19 by ordering 24 million doses of the vaccine. The Pfizer/BioNTech became the first vaccine to receive the WHO validation with a 95% effectiveness at preventing COVID-19 without evidence of previous infection.

Piga Firimbi has previously checked false claims that CNN had warned people of possible deaths after taking the COVID-19 vaccine here.

Verification

Speaking in Mukurueni, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said that the vaccine is expected in the country in the second week of February.

“So as far as we can tell, as I said, in the first two weeks of February, we expect the vaccine to here,” he said.

He also added that the first people to be vaccinated on a voluntary basis are healthcare workers and other frontline actors like doctors, nurses and teachers.

In addition, he called upon the private sector to procure more doses to help fight the Coronavirus.

Verdict

With all these, the posts claiming that Kenya has received the COVID-19 vaccine are FALSE.

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Nyakerario Omari

Nyakerario J. Omari is a Kenyan writer and journalist with a passion for in-depth stories told through documentaries. She has an interest in reporting matters concerning health, crime and human rights.