Sharp division rocks the Catholic church over Covid vaccine

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The Catholic church in Kenya is sharply divided over the need for its faithful to take the covid-19 jab. The institution has stated that it supports the COVID-19 vaccine for Kenyans, just a day after Catholic Doctors in Kenya said there was no need of giving Kenyans the vaccine.

Nyeri Archbishop Anthony Muheria on Friday dismissed the advisory by the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association which urged Kenyans to reject the jab.

”In principle we are in favor of the vaccine, in principle we want to fight COVID-19 and it is ethical to receive those vaccines,” Archbishop Muheria said during the official opening of the ICT and library complex at Mukurwe-ini Technical Training Institute.

His statement was in response to Dr. Stephen Karanja, of the Catholic Doctors Association, who has appealed to Kenyans not to take the vaccine.

“It seems there is something Bill Gates has invested in that requires the whole world to be vaccinated. What that investment it is, remains the million-dollar question,” Dr. Karanja said.

On Thursday, President Uhuru Kenyatta called on Kenyans to take the advise given by medical experts regarding the vaccine.

On Wednesday night, over 1 million Covid-19 vaccine doses arrived in Nairobi, via the Covax facility, marking the start of Kenya’s vaccination campaign. The AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine was flown in from the Serum Institute of India.

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