Editor's Review

  • UoN and Kemri are among the leading entities in developing a local vaccine.
  • MoH expects to deploy the vaccine by February next year. 

The University of Nairobi has made a breakthrough in developing a Covid-19 vaccine. 

The revelation was made to the public during the institution’s 64th graduation ceremony. 

According to reports, the vaccine might be ready for deployment as early as February next year. 

The revelation was made by Education CAS Zack Kinuthia.

“I commend the researchers from the University of Nairobi for being in the frontline of sharing their knowledge and expertise as we continue to seek answers on containing the Coronavirus and managing the social-economic impact. 

“I am told our researchers are about to break the news and give us the vaccine for Coronavirus. The country cannot wait to have this done, and this will be a great feather on your cap,” Kinuthia announced. 

Notably, the ministry of health expects Kenyans to be vaccinated by February next year. 

During the graduation ceremony, the CAS commended the university for using technology in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The development comes as countries globally continue to approve vaccines for the virus that has crippled the global economy. 

The United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom have approved vaccines from pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. 

However, there are concerns that leading global economies might take over all the vaccines at the expense of developing countries. 

 In this case, emerging economies like Kenya to begin research on local solutions.