As human trials for Covid-19 vaccine begins in the United Kingdom (UK), more than 2.7 million people in the world have been confirmed infected with the novel coronavirus.
Yesterday, speaking on BBC, a UK Medical Correspondent for the BBC Fergus Walsh, reported in an interview that after the UK, trials will be done in Kenya.
Mr Walsh explains that the team in Oxford University that is working on the virus has an impeccable record in developing vaccines going back many years, in the same sentence he adds “…now if they don’t get the early quick result in he UK, they are considering a trial in Kenya, where the epidemic of coronavirus may be on the rise”. he said
Kenyans tooks to social media in the better part of Friday condemning the suggestion.
While Coronavirus numbers in Kenya and the UK in terms on those infected with the virus is miles apart, many opined that this sugestions was a colonial gimmick.
Here are some reactions we sampled:
he Kenya Government is not aware of plans by researchers from Oxford University to test out the new coronavirus vaccine trials in the country.
Speaking on Friday, Health CAS Rashid Aman said that the government was yet to receive any official communication on the matter.
“We do not have any communication on this at the moment but if and when we do, there are certain, laid out procedures which must be followed,” he explained
He added: “should the team from Oxford reach out to the Kenyan government, then there is a very robust process to be followed by the pharmacy and poisons board before the vaccine can be approved for clinical trial,”
Firday, 16 more people tested positive; total number of cases in Kenya is now 336 with 95 recoveries and 14 deaths.
The UK has over 143,000 cases, nearly 20,000 deaths.
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