Oct 18, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Kenya is off UK ‘red list’, but vaccine certification question lingers

The nation believes the Kenyan authorities have asked the UK for further clarification on why vaccines issued in Kenya will not be recognized when the European country starts admitting travelers based on Covid-19 vaccination status next month .

A diplomat in Nairobi familiar with the matter said the government had asked why the UK had not yet approved certification of travelers in Kenya despite some of the vaccine doses on display contributed.

“We have raised the problem with them and discussions will continue so that we can find an amicable solution,” said the senior diplomat, without giving any timetables.

“Kenya specifically asked about this matter, indicating that more than a million of these cans came from the UK.”

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The vaccine certification issue will be important to travelers as the UK launches a new admissions system next month that w ill vet passengers based on their travel history and theirs Vaccination status instead of just testing positive or negative for the virus.

In the meantime, Kenya will be officially removed from the “Red” list of countries considered for Covid-19 starting Wednesday at 4 a.m. this week considered too risky and classified in the amber category.

The decision could reduce travel costs as there is now no compulsory accommodation in hotels that are intended for quarantine. The cheapest package for hotel quarantine cost about Sh 35,000 for 10 days. per day.

Instead, people from Kenya will have to isolate themselves at their place of residence and have Covid-19 tests.

It was part of the changes that will see the UK by October 4th abolishes the current “traffic light system” which categorizes countries in red, yellow or green depending on their Covid-19 exposure.

“It’s great to cross the finish line of this rather unfortunate episode. Travel and trade can be sped up seriously, “said Manoah Esipisu, Kenya’s high commissioner in the UK, the nation on Saturday, one day after the decision was announced.

But while Kenya is celebrating, the vaccination categories may have one more for the time being Represent a burden. A statement from UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the new system would cut costs for travelers by removing mandatory quarantine, replacing it with isolation in locations of their choice and being beneficial for those who are fully vaccinated.

“If you are fully vaccinated but do not qualify under these fully vaccinated rules, you must follow the rules for the non-vaccinated,” read the statement from the primarily African nationals.

Ab On October 4th, some passengers may not require a Covid-19 test before leaving for the UK, but they will need to have a UK recognized certificate with them. From the end of October, fully vaccinated passengers “and those with an approved vaccine from a select group of non-Red countries will be able to replace their second day test with a cheaper lateral flow test, reducing the cost of testing on arrival in England “. . ”

Starting Sunday, individuals vaccinated through vaccination programs in the UK, Europe or the US, or those vaccinated through UK overseas programs, will receive privileges when the new system launches. Others fully vaccinated with Oxford / AstraZeneca, Pfizer BionTech, Moderna or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) will also receive these exemptions when vaccinated through government programs.

However, the UK says that Vaccine certificates for these doses are only accepted whether from Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea or Taiwan (wherever there is has given a mix) such as those who have been vaccinated through study programs in the US, Canada and Australia and have proof of attendance.

This means that even doses made in India, the original source of AstraZeneca – Vaccines (known locally as Covidshield) for Africa, administered will not be recognized. Pfizer, Moderna, Sinopharm and Johnson & Johnson, all of which are administered in Kenya and donated by the USA and Great Britain, among others, are also not recognized.