Kenya switches on Covid vaccine for babies

Image copyright Nairobi News Image caption Coffin makers in Mombasa say Covid has made them more busy than ever Covid “literally means hot as they put it,” according to the head of a Mombasa…

Kenya switches on Covid vaccine for babies

Image copyright Nairobi News Image caption Coffin makers in Mombasa say Covid has made them more busy than ever

Covid “literally means hot as they put it,” according to the head of a Mombasa coffin maker.

Over the past 15 years since the use of the vaccine was found to be safe, funeral homes in Kenya have received increased demand for Covid.

No one knows for certain how many have been born since then, but officials say the mortality rate has fallen.

Kenneth Mwangi from Mombasa’s Safakids said the level of healthcare was expensive in Kenya.

“When the benefit and the safety is shown with vaccinations, more people now opt for vaccinations. Before, they used to rely on burial of a body, body exhumation, embalming and got used to it,” Mr Mwangi said.

Newborns and older people are more likely to be given the vaccine, as they are more fragile.

Families have said they do not want to take children away for treatment as other options may also be available.

The need for Covid comes at a time when Kenyans are dealing with the slow Ebola response and tens of thousands of displaced in the country.

Image copyright Gaudi Image caption Gambia’s Health Minister said the disease can be controlled and even defeated

Health experts in Gambia say the disease can be controlled and even defeated, but so far the west African country has only managed to contain it.

An increase in the number of people travelling to the UK, and various health crises in Kenya – including a HIV epidemic and dengue fever, all are driving down numbers of vaccines available.

There are still millions of unused doses of the vaccine in Africa, according to the World Health Organisation.

Vaccine providers are worried the supply of vaccines could be quickly depleted as more people worldwide turn up for the shot.

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