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Finally Kenyans To Be Injected With A Covid-19 Vaccine

Job Maangi



Photo: Health CAS Dr Mercy Mwangangi

The Corona virus pandemic that first began in Wuhan China has greatly affected many areas of the economy such as the health, transport and the education sector.

Many countries had flattened the curve of the first wave of the pandemic which enabled them to easen the various restrictions that they had imposed on the Citizens such as national wide Curfews, ban on social gathering and the closure of schools.

The reality of the second wave of Covid-19 has hit hard on the nations that had already reduced the containment measures and allowed some activities to resume.

The hope that most people have is that we might get a vaccine as soon as possible because it seems like we will have to leave with Corona virus for a longer while than we thought.

Kenyans have every reason to smile as Kemri Wellcome Research Programme announced the start of the Covid-19 vaccines trials in the country.

The ChAdox nCovid 19 Vaccine will be conducted at Kilifi county with the first volunteers being examined on how the vaccine will react to their bodies.

Photo: Corona virus vaccine

“Vaccines which work in one population do not necessarily work in all populations; this has been witnessed in the case of vaccines against malaria, rotavirus and Ebola. To ensure that Kenyans can benefit from the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine if it proves to be successful, it is important to assess its performance among Kenyan volunteers,” Kemri press statement read.

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The vaccine that will be examined amongst Kenyans was developed by the University of Oxford in collaboration with AstraZeneca and has been evaluated in Countries such as UK, South Africa and Brazil.

The study plans to evaluate whether the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine is safe, effective and elicits good immune responses in adults in Kenya aged 18 years and above.

The trial in Kenya will initially involve 40 frontline workers in Kilifi County. Once the vaccine safety is confirmed, a further 360 volunteers will be recruited with possible expansion of the trial to Mombasa County.

Following immunization, vaccine trial volunteers will be monitored over a period of 12 months to assess their health, any vaccine side-effects and how their bodies develop immunity in response to the vaccine.

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