A new Twist as AstraZeneca vaccine Arrives in Kenya
Kenya received the first bunch of AstraZeneca vaccine on 2nd march in a bid to curb the spread of the Covid 19 virus that has so far claimed millions of lives worldwide.
The vaccines arrived on Qatar Airways flight QR1341at around11.23 pm.
The vaccines were delivered by UNICEF as part of the Crovax health facility, which now focuses to provide equal access and distribution of the covid 19 viruses worldwide.
It is believed that the first doses are for the vaccination of frontline health workers which are critical to the COVID-19 response and are vulnerable to the deadly disease.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe Source Twitter
However, this has been received differently as now it is expected that the vaccination begins with the Government officials before it goes to the frontline workers. These have ignited different reactions from citizens who believe that it would be better if the health workers receive the vaccination first before the government officials who have nothing much to lose and are well off financially.
On the other hand, health cabinet secretary Mutahi Kagwe assured Kenyans and health workers that the vaccines are safe and effective.
Also, health CAS Dr. Mercy Mwangangi stated that "The vaccine is safe, it has been tested and tried, even Kenyans were part of the trials and they all came out fine. We have to understand that this is a new disease so we are still learning about it."
Heath CAS Dr. Mercy Mwangangi Source Twitter
It is believed that the Covid 19 vaccine can not in any way result in Covid 19 infection but it only triggers the body`s immune system to produce long-lived antibodies against the virus spike protein which is used by the virus for adherence to the body cells.
The Vaccines will now be moved from the central vaccine store to nine regional vaccine stores, from where the counties will collect and distribute the vaccines to local hospitals at the county and sub-county levels.
Kenyans have however been warned that the arrival of the vaccine in Kenya doesn’t mean that one won't contract the virus. They must continue maintaining Covid-19 containment measures.