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Unicef calls for equity in distribution of Covid vaccines

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United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) Kenya Representative Maniza Zaman has urged first world countries to support poor countries with vaccines to fight Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking in Kiambu during the launch of the national accelerated Covid-19 vaccination programme, she urged all countries to unite in the fight against the pandemic.

 “International solidarity during this time is critical, it is important that we work towards vaccine equity, we have to rebalance the equation,” she said.

However, took note of contributions by the global community in the fight against the virus so far.

“We want to appreciate and acknowledge the donations that Kenya has received from the international community,” she said.

However, she argued that more could still be done noting that some countries have a surplus of the much needed vaccine.

Zaman also urged Kenyans to ignore misinformation on the vaccine dispelling rumours that taking the jab will result in adverse health effects.

“All the vaccines offered are safe, they have been cleared by World Health Organisation (WHO), they’re of the highest standards, the best vaccine is the one being offered to you at any one time,” she assured.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe called for equitable distribution of vaccines arguing that the world can only be safe from Covid-19 when all people are vaccinated.

 KNA

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