Sunday, April 2, 2023

DP Ruto shuns Astrazeneca goes for Russia’s Sputnik V

Dp Ruto Vaccinated: Days after President Uhuru Kenyatta took the Oxford Astrazeneca vaccine in public, Deputy President William Ruto has also taken his jab. However, the deputy president has opted to go for the Russia made vaccine Sputnik V vaccine. On Tuesday, Dr. Ruto was among the first group of Kenyans to take the Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19.

He received the jab at his official Karen residence in Nairobi together with his family. “Deputy President William Ruto receives Covid-19 vaccine at his Karen office in Nairobi County,” a statement from the Deputy President Press Service (DPPS) said.

The Sputnik V costs between Sh. 8,000 and Sh. 11,000. Other than Ruto, other prominent Kenyans who opted for the Russian jab include prominent city lawyers Ahmednassir Abdulahi and Donald Kipkorir.

In a post in his official Twitter account yesterday, Ahmednassir claimed he was the first Kenyan to receive the jab. “I am First Kenyan to take the Sputnik V jab in Kenya,” he said. He took the vaccine together with fellow lawyer Donald Kipkorir. “Today, I became the Second Kenyan to take the Russia Covid-19 Sputnik V vaccine … I have full confidence in the vaccine to protect me from all Covid-19 variants,” said Kipkorir, who had contracted the virus a few months ago. Garrisa Township Member of Parliament Aden Duale on the floor of the House said he will also take the Russian vaccine.

On Friday last week, Kenyatta and some members of the Cabinet received the AstraZeneca vaccine after the announcement of new measures to curb the spread of the disease.

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Kenya is currently vaccinating front line health workers, teachers, security personnel and those aged 58 years and above in the first phase of the vaccination programme. Kenya is expecting to receive 24 million doses of the vaccine. Dp Ruto Vaccinated.

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