NAIROBI, 4 April 2021 – No private players will be licensed as importers of new coronavirus vaccine doses, Kenya’s Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said Friday.

“The only agent for vaccination in Kenya will remain the government of the Republic of Kenya until further notice,” Kagwe told reporters at a press briefing Friday in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

Kenya’s Health CS Mutahi Kagwe - Photo Voices Online

Kenya’s Health CS Mutahi Kagwe – Photo Voices Online

“There will be no licensing of private players in the importation of vaccines and any such license given will be and is hereby terminated,” Kagwe told journalists at Afya House.

Effective April 2, 2021, Kenyan authorities have closed the window of private sector importation, distribution, and administration of vaccines.

Kagwe said there will be no revision of the current situation “until such a time when it [the government] is confident that there is greater transparency and accountability in the entire process”.

Anyone charging a fee for vaccinations will be liable for prosecution, Kagwe warned, adding that a fee contravenes the Poisons Board regulations.

Coronavirus Vaccine - Photo Standard Media

No Private Licenses for Coronavirus Vaccine Importation in Kenya – Photo Standard Media

Two days earlier, Health CAS Mercy Mwangang told reporters that Kenyan health workers have been warned against charging for the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines which Kenya secured from the global initiative COVAX.

“The AstraZeneca vaccine that is available in all public health facilities is there for free, there is no cost to that vaccine. The vaccine is available for free in the facilities and this includes private facilities as well,” she said.

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