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Catholic Church says it supports the COVID-19 vaccine for Kenyans

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The Catholic Church has stated that it supports the COVID-19 vaccine for Kenyans.

This statement comes after the arrival of more than one million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine into the country this week.

“In principle, we are in favour of the vaccine, in principle we want to fight COVID-19 and it is ethical to receive those vaccines,” said Nyeri Archbishop Anthony Muheria.

He spoke during the official opening of the ICT and library complex at Mukurwe-ini Technical Training Institute on Thursday.

Bishop Muheria also dismissed an advisory by the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association which had called on Kenyans to reject the vaccine. The association had argued that all COVID-19 vaccines are experimental and can only reduce the risks of severe disease and death but will not stop infection or transmission of the disease.

“It seems there is something Bill Gates has invested in that requires the whole world to be vaccinated. What that investment is remains the million-dollar question,” said Dr Stephen Karanja, the association chairman.

The World Health Organization said on February 11, 2021 that while the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has yet to be recommended for an Emergency Use Listing by WHO, it has undergone review by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and consequently meets WHO’s criteria for SAGE consideration.

The AZD1222 vaccine against COVID-19 has been reported to have an efficacy of 63.09% against symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Longer dose intervals within the 8 to 12 weeks range are associated with greater vaccine efficacy.

Vaccinations in Kenya began on Friday 5th March 2021.

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