Kenya bans importation of COVID-19 vaccines privately
Kenya has banned the importation and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines by private businesses.
The ban was announced on April 2 by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, after the Russia-manufactured Sputnik V vaccine was imported into the country by a private entity.
“The government is effective today closing the window of private sector importation, distribution and administration of vaccines until such a time when it is confident that there is greater transparency and accountability in the entire process,” said Kagwe.
Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr. Mercy Mwangangi, had earlier announced that Sputnik V vaccine had been approved for emergency use in the country.
Following that announcement, Deputy President Dr. William Ruto became one of the first persons in the country to receive the jab.
Reports had it that the vaccine was being sold at Ksh.7,700 shillings ($70.30) for a single shot.
The cost is seen to be well out of reach for millions of Kenyans who live in poverty.
Kenya has already acquired more than 1 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is already being administered to people around the country for free.