Wednesday, 16 June, 2021

Test Coronavirus Vaccine On Senior Government Officials First, Kenyan Politician Says

Social justice advocate, Martha Wangari Karua, has come out to strongly oppose the testing of the Coronavirus vaccines on Kenyans.

On Saturday, the Kenyan politician, who is a former member of parliament for the Gichugu Constituency and an advocate of the high court of Kenya, said if the Ministry of Health says Kenya was ready for the testing process, then the top government officials should be first in line.

“Now that @MOH_Kenya says Kenya is open to the testing of British vaccines in Kenya, let them be tested on members of the cabinet and their families and thereafter all elected representatives and senior government officials,” read a tweet from the former Minister of Justice who resigned in April 2009.

On Friday, reports emerged that scientists from Oxford University in the UK were planning to test their vaccines in Kenya.

According to a report by the BBC, the scientists are considering trialling the vaccines in Kenya if at all they do not get the expected results in the United Kingdom.

Kenyans have since been questioning the decision to test the vaccines in their country seeing that the COVID-19 cases are still low as compared to other countries.

However, the Ministry of Health refuted claims that they had welcomed the testing on Kenyans, saying they are not aware of any trials.

Speaking during the daily COVID-19 briefing, Health CAS, Rashid Aman, noted that there are ethical procedures that must be followed before approving clinical trials on Kenyans.

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