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Kenya has suspended the private import and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, citing the need to protect it from potentially false doses and ensuring “greater transparency and accountability”.
Licenses granted to private hospitals and clinics to administer vaccines were suspended and any organization that was announcing or inserting people into public compensation will be prosecuted, the Coronavirus National Emergency Response Commission said Friday evening.
“The participation of the private sector in the vaccination exercise threatens the profits made in the fight against Covid-19 and puts the country at international risk if counterfeit goods are found in the Kenyan market.” a statement Signed by Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe.
The suspension will come after private health facilities began to administer Russian Sputnik V vaccineCharges up to $ 70 for a shot. While he was vaccinated has received permission to use it for emergencies In Kenya, confusion arose when some health officials said the owners were not allowed for commercial sales.
Authorities said those who received the first dose of the vaccine through private plans would receive the second dose when needed, but did not specify how.
Last month, Kenya received its first Covid-19 vaccines – more than a million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot supplied through a global initiative known as Covax. To date, nearly 200,000 doses have been administered, most of which have been addressed to health care workers, security officials and teachers, along with people over the age of 58.
But the first batch of Covax vaccines came a month late and the next expected delivery of this month is already with delays.
“There is hope that they will start full again in May, speeding up the delays later,” a Covax spokesman said in a statement.
The disruption is exacerbated by cases in Kenya, the rise in deaths and the lack of beds in intensive care units. To stop the spread of the virus, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a partial lock last week, including longer local opening hours, including the closure of bars and schools, and travel restrictions in Nairobi (the capital) and surrounding regions.
On Friday, the British Embassy in Kenya said there will be passengers who have been or are in Kenya for the last 10 days starting April 9. he refused entry to Britain. Citizens of British, Irish and third countries with residency rights will be required to quarantine at government-approved facilities for 10 days.