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Monday May 25, 2020 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has reportedly allowed Oxford University to test its vaccine in Kenya despite millions of Kenyans opposing the idea.
The vaccine, ChAdOX1 N-CoV-19, is being tried in the United Kingdom and Kenya and signs in its primary testing stage have shown it is effective in primates.
According to Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), 400 medics from Kilifi and Mombasa Counties will take part in the trial.
However, one of the scientists behind it said there is only a 50% chance of the vaccine working because cases in the UK are declining so fast.
The University of Oxford’s Jenner Institute and the Oxford Vaccine Group began developing a COVID-19 vaccine in January using a virus taken from chimpanzees.
But with the number of UK coronavirus cases dropping every day, there may not be enough people to test it on, according to the institute’s director Professor Adrian Hill.
There are over 100 vaccines in development across the world with the hopes of the first dose being rolled out in January 2021 if trials are successful.
The Kenyan DAILY POST