CS Kagwe comes out clean about his clip that went viral
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe came out to clarify his remarks on the Pfizer Covid-19 antidote. This was after a short video revealed him expressing concerns about its effectiveness. He was arguing that it had been taken completely out of context.
In a statement released hours after the NTV short clip made headlines, the CS clarified his statements. He said they were in line with the questions posed by global specialists on the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines.
Kagwe’s statement after the clip went viral
“My attention has been drawn to a short video clip from an internal broad discussion about vaccines in which I appear to be skeptical about the efficacy of vaccines and how they work. This clip has been taken out of context as it was specifically directed at reports of Pfizer developing a vaccine. The vaccine is reported to be 95% effective. This response is driven by the reaction of top medics and if well guided, perhaps we all should share in it,” said CS Kagwe.
Kagwe has said that Kenya would not waste resources on a vaccination that has yet to be scientifically proven. Therefore, Kenyans should still wait for internationally and medically acceptable vaccines.
“For the avoidance of doubt, my ministry considers vaccination and or immunization to be our core part of efforts for preventing diseases for which vaccines are available,” Kagwe noted.
Status Update on the Battle against Covid-19
In the viral film, the CS was caught while presenting a status update to the Senate on the battle against Covid-19 in the world. He was stating that it has “many concerns” on how the Pfizer-developed vaccine could fight the virus.
“Yesterday Pfizer said there is a vaccine. But personally, to tell you the truth, I got my many doubts about it. They were talking about a disease that stops people from getting the virus. I would like to know how they knew in the first place that I was going to get the virus. When I have the virus and it goes down I can understand the major. But, when you tell me that I stopped you from getting the virus how do you know I was going to get the virus in the first place. I have got my reservations,” said Kagwe.
On Monday, Pfizer reported that its new vaccination was more than 90% successful. It could prevent Covid-19 on the basis of initial results from a broad trial.