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No vaccine, no access! Why Africa needs Mobile based Rapid PCR Test Container Laboratories now!

Soon it will be compulsory for anyone seeking to use public services in Kenya – including schools, hospitals and transport – to present a Covid-19 vaccination certificate. How is this going to work in a country where fewer than 5% of the population have been vaccinated?

In Zimbabwe, you can’t go to a restaurant without a vaccine certificate. In Morocco, you need a vaccine pass to go to the cinema. But Kenya is about to go much, much further, making it compulsory for every adult to get a vaccine or else be excluded from public services. But fewer than 5% of Kenyans are vaccinated, and the country doesn’t have enough doses to cover the rest.

To accelerate Covid-19 vaccination rates in the country, Kenya plans to deny the unvaccinated access to public services. This would affect everything from going to schools and using public transport to immigration services and visiting hospitals and prisons. “Everybody seeking in-person government services should be fully vaccinated and proof of vaccination availed by December 21st, 2021,” said the health minister, Mutahi Kagwe, in a
public address on 21 November. 

The move is surprising considering that Kenya rescinded an earlier directive mandating that government employees receive the jab or face disciplinary action.“It’s very important that we are not left behind in this world order especially because we are a tourism destination of choice,” Kagwe said. But in a country where only 4.5% of the population has been fully vaccinated, this measure leaves very many behind. Monica Njeri, a household manager and a mother of four, has twice sought the vaccine at a public hospital and has twice had to leave still unvaccinated. “On the queue, you still see people arriving after you and jumping the line to get vaccinated. Then once it’s your turn they tell you they have no more vaccines. It’s very unfair,” said Njeri. 

The measures mean she will no longer be able to use public transport between her home and workplace, the client’s house. “How will I go see my kids? Two of them are in boarding school,” she said. Even if she gets vaccinated in the next few weeks, Njeri does not have a smartphone with which to get the digital vaccine certificate that the Kenya government is issuing as proof. With the new move, Kenya joins a small number of countries in the world to make vaccination against the coronavirus mandatory for all citizens. 

However, Indonesia, for example, has administered 224.9-million jabs of the vaccine to its population of 273.5-million. Kenya has administered only 6.5-million jabs to its population of 53.8-million. Elsewhere in Africa, the Zimbabwean government mandated vaccination for its 500,000 employees. Uganda requires it for health workers and teachers, and won’t reopen schools (shuttered in March 2020) until all school workers are vaccinated. South Africa is considering vaccine mandates for specific events, like a Justin Bieber concert slated for next year. The Kenyan health minister justified the new directive saying that over 95% of the severe Covid-19 cases filling up the hospitals are unvaccinated people.

He then announced a 10-day vaccination drive starting on 26 November. In just 10 days, Kenya will have to inoculate the 95% of its citizens it has not fully vaccinated over the past several months, when the effort has been plagued with vaccine and syringe shortages.  Should the government fail to dramatically increase vaccination before December 21, citizens may find themselves face to face with the security forces who enforced earlier Covid-19 measures like lockdown and curfew. At least 20 deaths were connected to the Kenya police’s use of brute force, when it was charged with enforcing earlier restrictions nearly two years ago. Meanwhile, on October 20, during the country’s Mashujaa (Heroes’ Day) celebrations, the health ministry announced a target of 10-million vaccinations administered by the end of 2021. That would cover fewer than 20% of the currently unvaccinated, whom the health minister will want to show proof of vaccination or be denied public services. Monica Njeri and other Kenyan citizens who might not get the vaccine are at risk of being left behind by the Kenyan government, much like when it locked the country down with no contingency plans for workers like her, who could not work from home. 

Fact is, around five percent of Africa’s population have had a Covid-19 vaccine. It is fair to say, that all this is a manufactured crisis, because African Governments crises'  management is not exisiting. And African Governments do not understand the values of PCR Rapid tests, that could manage their crises management to a very basic risk mitigation.

However, like most other countries on the continent, African governments paid for vaccines upfront. Some joined Covax, an international sourcing and sharing initiative in partnership with the World Health Organisation, through which countries pool their buying power and get more vaccines for more people. But then Western countries put themselves first. They ordered more vaccines than they needed (the United Kingdom ordered 400-million doses for its 67-million people). Secret contracts with manufacturers put them at the front of the queue. So people in rich countries started getting vaccinated a year ago. 

The WHO estimates that many more that 5,000 Kenyans have died in the interim. This ought to have shifted in the first half of this year, as manufacturers, in particular the Serum Institute of India, began fulfilling their contracts to African countries. Then India started to unravel as Covid-19 hit hard. The Institute prioritised its own country. Covax, which had placed its bets on the Institute instead of spreading the risk, had a real problem. 

Kenya, like its peers, had spent scarce resources. It didn’t have extra money lying around to go and buy from another supplier that might deliver faster. Now it is relying on charity, with the PR-friendly sight of donations of vaccines from wealthy nations arriving in airplanes. Those vaccines arrive at the last minute, near their expiry date, and put enormous pressure on the medical system where they land. This was the "master evidence" of lacking a master  plan on an emergency health crises management for African countries to enable them to act. One of those solutions are Mobile based Rapid PCR Test Container Laboratories.
With those, the economy, the society and the  African Tourism industry will be possible to come back and thrive, as cross immunisation of SARS-CoV-2 Corona mutations is already a scientific fact for Africa.

Hakuna matata - The Team of mavECOn

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