CM – Kenya welcomes the US decision to relax COVID-19 vaccine patents

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NAIROBI, Kenya, May 6 – Kenya has welcomed the United States’ position to relax COVID-19 vaccine patents.

Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala said the international community should now work with major pharmaceutical companies to accept the move to facilitate the manufacture and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, especially in Africa to support.

He said the tourism, travel and hospitality industries, which has suffered the most from the pandemic, are urgently requesting that most of the world’s population be vaccinated so they can reopen their businesses with the confidence that it will the visitors are safe.

He specifically said that Africa had to secure a life and livelihood in the tourism and hospitality industry “and fully supports the US step to forego patents for Covid-19 vaccines because we do not want the continent to participate Introduction of vaccines will lag behind under the new regime. « 

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has since temporarily lifted patent protection for coronavirus vaccines at the request of India and South Africa.

Kenya has vaccinated more than 800,000 people with the Astra Zeneca vaccine to date and is now sourcing Pfizer, John and Johnson after the challenges of sourcing Astrazenecca from India, which has high infection and death rates.

On Wednesday, Kenya announced that days after flights were banned from the country, it had discovered cases of the Indian variant of Covid-19.

« With regard to the Indian double mutant virus, this virus was selected in Kenya, and due to global connectivity, it was only a matter of time. You cannot put up barriers to prevent a virus from accessing your land. We selected this from a sample of Indian travelers who have worked in the western part of Kisumu, ”said Dr. Amoth.

The new variant, now known as the double mutant, has also been found in several other countries around the world, including the United States.

The India variant was announced days after the country eased restrictions imposed in March when a high infection rate was reported.

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