Deputy President William Ruto has been met with sharp citicism after it was reported that the second in command was inoculated with the Sputnik V vaccine as opposed to the state-run Astra-Zeneca vaccine.
The vaccine however, is yet to be approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO)
The second in command was innoculated alongside his wife, Rachel Ruto.
“COVID-19 vaccines are our safe and effective tools in saving lives and managing the disease. I encourage Kenyans to participate in this exercise to protect ourselves against the pandemic. My family and I received the COVID-19 vaccination at the Karen Residence, Nairobi County,” DP Ruto Tweeted.
The vaccine is only available in the country courtesy of a private pharmacy, and was approved for emergency use by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB).
However, Health CAS Dr Mercy Mwangangi, put a warning to individuals willing to take up the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine.
She argued the vaccine did not met all the necessary regulatory approvals for use in the country.
“A technical agreement stipulating the responsibilities of all the parties involved in the distribution is yet to be submitted to the Pharmacy and Poisons Board. What this means is that the vaccine has therefore not received all the necessary regulatory approvals for use in the country,” she said.
However, amid the confusion, other high ranking individuals in the country have already started taking the vaccine.
One would have to part with Ksh. 11,000 for the two doses, administered 21 days apart.
Sputnik-V has boasted an incredible 93% efficacy rate, but still yet to be approved by the World Health Organization.
The vaccines currently approved for use by the WHO are; Pfizer and Moderna at 95 per cent, Novovax (90 per cent), Sinopharm (79 per cent), AstraZeneca (76 per cent) and Johnson and Johnson (72 per cent).