Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto Chose Sputnik V Over The AstraZeneca Vaccine

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All Kenyan top government officials, including President Uhuru Kenyatta, were vaccinated with the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine except the deputy President William Ruto.

The second in command went for the Russian-manufactured Sputnik V vaccine because he was not invited to the vaccination exercise for all Cabinet Secretaries (CS) and other top government officials at State House, Nairobi, on March 26.

Mr Ruto revealed during an interview with the local television channel, Citizen tv, that he paid ksh7,000 (approximately 65 US Dollars) for Sputnik V jab.

Vice President William Ruto
Vice President William Ruto

“When the President decided that it was time for himself and the Cabinet to take the vaccine, I think inadvertently someone forgot to invite me and so I was not available during that exercise. I am not blaming anybody maybe some secretary there forgot to inform me.”

“If I did not go State House I had the choice of going to queue in the health centre next to my residence here but what would that do? I would have probably taken a vaccine that would have been taken by somebody else. The vaccine I took cost Ksh.7,000 to a deputy president. You want to tell me I cannot pay Ksh.7,000 for a vaccine that is available; not because it is different or expensive but because we have 1 million vaccines and we have to vaccinate 20 million Kenyans,” reiterated Ruto.

He also defended his move saying the President did not clarify which vaccine the officials should receive during a cabinet meeting when he directed all cabinet members to be vaccinated.

“There was no debate on which vaccine. The debate was introduced by people who are petty. Those saying the government bought a cheaper vaccine, are they saying the government bought a lower quality vaccine? They are actually insulting us in government. Soon we should be registering Johnsons & Johnsons, Pfizer and other vaccines because clearly there is a scramble for vaccines,” he added.

At the same time, the Deputy President took a swipe at the government for suspending the use of Sputnik V and stopping the private sector from taking part in the rollout of jabs.

The country's Ministry of Health, Mutahi Kagwe, on April 2, announced that the private companies have banned from importing Covid-19 vaccines noting the shots could be fake.

“There will be no licensing of private players in the importation of vaccines and any such license given will be and is hereby cancelled,” said Kagwe.

Ruto and his boss have not been reading from the same script since their re-election in 2017, with the Deputy President claiming there are forces in the State House that are out to stop him from succeeding Kenyatta.

Kenyans will go to the ballot box in 2022 to elect their fifth President.

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