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Kenya warns of 'vaccine apartheid' as it hits back at the UK over travel ban move

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A woman, a member of the Kenyatta National Hospital health staff, is vaccinated within the same hospital's vaccination program, which began at the beginning of March. In Nairobi, Kenya, on March 24, 2021. (Photo by Robert Bonet/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Kenya has sounded the alarm over a potential coronavirus "vaccine apartheid" playing out between countries, as it accused the United Kingdom of instituting a "discriminatory policy" after London issued a travel ban on the east African nation.

(CNN)Kenya has sounded the alarm over a potential coronavirus "vaccine apartheid" playing out between countries, as it accused the United Kingdom of instituting a "discriminatory policy" after London issued a travel ban on the east African nation.

"Kenya continues to see, with deep regret, that vaccine producing countries around the world have begun practicing a form of vaccine nationalism, possessiveness, and discrimination, coupled with a vaccine hoarding attitude that can only be described as a form of 'vaccine apartheid'," Kenya's Foreign Ministry said in a lengthy press statement, issued in response to the UK's travel ban.

Over 31 million people in the UK have now received a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and more than 5 million have also received their second shot, according to the latest government data.

And the daily new confirmed Covid-19 cases per million people in Kenya as of April 6 is 19. 2, while the UK stands at 48. 75, according to Oxford University's Our World in Data.

First came Vaccine Nationalism now we have Vaccine Apartheid," while sharing the Kenyan Foreign Ministry's press statement on the UK travel ban on Twitter.

Kenya, a Commonwealth nation, has requested that the UK -- a country with which it has a long-standing strategic relationship -- share its vaccines, with the Foreign Ministry statement noting: "Kenya is aware that the United Kingdom has [vaccines] in bigger quantities than it currently has use for. "

The UK -- with a population of around 66 million people -- has more than 400 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines from eight candidates on order.

Compared to the UK's 31 million first shots administered, a total of 325,592 Kenyans have received a Covid-19 vaccine as of Tuesday, according to the latest figures from the country's Ministry of Health.

Kenya received its first shipment of vaccines -- 1. 02 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot -- via the global COVAX program.

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