This past week has been one of very curious and unusual happenings.
On Tuesday, which was the 30th of March, deputy President William Ruto was vaccinated against COVID-19 but not with the Astrazeneca jab imported by the government.
Ruto said that on Tuesday he had been vaccinated and even tweeted a photo of him and his wife Rachael getting the jab. He did not, however, state which vaccine he got.
“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.”
pic.twitter.com/tWmrojtgl5- William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) March 30, 2021
But a closer look at the photo revealed that he was vaccinated by the same medical officer seen in photos shared earlier by lawyers Ahmednasir Abdullahi and Donald Kipkorir who announced that they were the first Kenyans to get the Sputnik V vaccine.
However, what is interesting in all this is that 24 hours earlier, on Monday, The Russian Embassy distanced itself from the vaccine saying it had been imported into the country by a private entity on commercial basis.
“The Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Kenya hereby underlines that it is the obligation of private importers to strictly follow all the regulations of the Kenyan authorities and act in compliance with the legislation of the Republic of Kenya,” the embassy said.
They also directed all questions relating to the vaccine to the importer.
Kenya has approved Astra Zeneca vaccine which has been prioritized to health workers, teachers, security officers, and elderly Kenyans.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said Kenya will inoculate its citizens using AstraZeneca vaccine which has been questioned by experts leading to suspension by several countries in Europe. South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and the whole of his top Cabinet have already received the jab and rallied Kenyans to follow suit.