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COVID 19: Kenya warns of coronavirus ‘vaccine apartheid’ after UK

Kenya has hit out at the UK federal government for adding the nation to England’s coronavirus travel “red list”.

In a strongly-worded declaration posted to Twitter, Kenya’s ministry of foreign affairs used the transfer to caution of a “vaccine apartheid” between countries who produce and are “hoarding” jabs, and the rest of the world.

It comes after the UK revealed the new travel steps taking effect from 4am on Friday 9 April, together with restrictions for Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Philippines.

The Kenyan ministry’s declaration stated that such methods by “vaccine producing countries” with “vaccine hoarding mindsets” would make it “near impossible for the world to win the war versus the pandemic”.

When it announced the additions to the red list today, the Department for Transport said it remained in reaction to issues about brand-new versions of COVID-19.

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However Kenya stated the policy was “discriminatory”, and accused the UK of hoarding vaccines “in larger amounts than it currently has usage for”.

The UK has actually ordered more than 400 million coronavirus vaccine dosages, for a population of around 67 million individuals, nevertheless has cautioned of potential supply problems to come in April.

The UK is a contributor to the around the world COVAX plan, focused on providing jabs to lower-income countries, but Company Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng stated previously today that the UK had “no surpluses” at the minute.

Kenya, which has a population of 53 million, has gotten more than a million Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines through COVAX already.

Press declaration on the decision by UK to Red List Kenya. pic.twitter.com/imsypsEG2Q– ForeignAffairsKenya April 3, 2021

The Kenyan declaration stated there had actually been no interaction from UK counterparts ahead of the change of rules for tourists made on Friday.

Being on the “red list” implies international visitors who have left from or transited through those countries in the previous 10 days will be disallowed from going into.

British and Irish people and those with house rights in the UK will be permitted to go into, however will need to get to a designated port and after that pay to stay in a government-approved quarantine hotel for 10 days.

Once in quarantine, they will need to take a COVID test on the second and 8th days of their self-isolation.

In action, Kenya has instituted its own constraints on travel from the UK.

These consist of anybody showing up from the UK having to quarantine in a “government designated center” for 14 days, at their own expense.

Two PCR tests will need to be taken during this period, likewise at the traveller’s cost.

The exception to these guidelines include Kenyan people who reside in the UK, and likewise cargo flights.

In response to the measures announced by Kenya, the UK’s high commission in the country announced they would be upgrading their travel suggestions for the nation.

We will be factually upgrading our Travel Guidance for those taking a trip to Kenya, in light of the statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this night. Please follow:– UK in Kenya April 3, 2021 In another part of the statement from the Kenyan federal government, it stated: “The choice is especially disturbing because of the truth that the United Kingdom and Kenya take pleasure in a strong and long-lasting relationship …”.

Hundreds of British soldiers train in the country every year, and last month, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace opened a ₤ 70m basic training facility for the British Army Training System Kenya (BATUK).

Mr Wallace stated at the time: “Kenya is among our leading defence partners in East Africa and this new facility will cement our partnership for years to come, supporting stability and security in the area.”.

Kenya just recently introduced brand-new lockdown limitations in 5 counties due to a 3rd wave of coronavirus.

The declaration said: “The third wave that Kenya is presently handling with stringent COVID-19 protocols and restrictions is an example of the sacrifice that Kenyans are willing to make to ensure that this illness does not spread in Kenya or anywhere else on the planet for that matter.”

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