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Govt Suspends Importation Of COVID-19 Vaccines By Private Entities

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Govt Suspends Importation Of COVID-19 Vaccines By Private Entities

The Government has stopped the importation of the COVID-19 vaccine by private entities with immediate effect.

All licenses of private institutions importing the vaccines have been suspended until further notice.

The National Emergency COVID-19 response committee says the move will enhance confidence and accountability in the ongoing vaccination process by the government.

Govt Suspends Importation Of COVID-19 Vaccines By Private Entities

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said the Government’s moves to suspend the licenses come after a private entity imported the Russian vaccine Sputnik V on a commercial basis.

The suspension comes days after the Pharmacy and Prisons board issued a statement giving Sputnik V vaccine a clean bill of health saying it was safe for use.

The board however clarified that the Government had not made an order for the virus but acknowledged the vaccine had been imported by a private company.

Those who had received the Russian jab will still get their second dose from the available stock.

The Ministry has also warned counties not to hoard vaccines as they wait for the second doses saying the Government will ensure the second consignment will be in the Country in time.

He said the Government has scaled up testing after acquiring 17 new testing machines.

Felicity Gitonga

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