Compulsory COVID-19 vaccination: Public Interest vs Personal Autonomy

The Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua has warned that action will be taken against civil servants who are not vaccinated by August 23rd, 2021. He said in a memo that it had been discovered that there was low uptake of the vaccines among public

Of COVID-19 Vaccines and Intellectual Property

World Intellectual Property Day was on Monday 26th and the theme of this year’s celebration was “IP & SMEs: Taking Your Ideas to Market.” Events all over the world are planned for this week to highlight the crucial role that small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

On vaccination, the Sputnik V saga demonstrates much

On vaccination, the Sputnik V saga demonstrates much On Friday, the Daily Nation reported that Dinlas Pharma EPZ Ltd, the importers of the Sputnik V vaccine, is seeking authorization to export it from Kenya after the Government threw roadblocks in its way. The exportation of

In focus: COVID-19 Vaccines

25 Million Doses of AstraZeneca Vaccine The Ministry of Health is expected to start rolling out the administration of 25 million doses of Astrazeneca Vaccine soon. Kenya began its mass vaccination on March 5 after receiving 1.2 Million doses of the Astrazeneca Vaccine. By Thursday

Government guidelines on COVID-19 vaccines

This week the Pharmacy and Poisons Board published guidance on the role of Private Sector in the deployment of COVID-19 Vaccines (March 2021). The guideline describes the Pharmacy and Poisons Board procedure applicable for private sector engagement in supply of the COVID-19 vaccines. The guideline

Unlock our Country

Today on the 1st of April 2021, President Uhuru Kenyatta addressed the nation at State House, Nairobi. In his address the President gave assurance to those who had taken their first dose (COVID-19 vaccine) and that they will not miss out on their second dose.

Vaccination Exercise

A total of 355,500 doses of the COVID vaccine have been distributed in 10 regional stores country wide from a total allocation of 530,000 doses. Currently Vaccination is for Health workers and other frontline personnel including security forces and teachers in Phase I. Vaccination to

The COVID vaccine debate- Why is Africa not able to manufacture its own vaccine?

The ongoing COVID-19 (C-19) pandemic has and continues to expose the Africa’s weakness in its manufacture and supply of essential medicines and health equipment. This has also brought to the fore a recognition of Africa’s unwavering dependence on the importation of both pharmaceuticals and essential

Tricky times ahead of the Covid vaccine

A story earlier in the week stating that private companies will be allowed to import and administer Covid-19 vaccines caused concerns online about the Government’s plans. Coming as revelations rolled out of Parliament about the apparently shady procurement at the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency as

A.U COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy

The African Union (AU) recently published a COVID-19 vaccine strategy. The strategy was announced in a communique issued by the AU ministers of health and heads of delegation following a virtual conference on 24 and 25 June 2020.