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Catholic Doctors in Kenya Caution Public against Delivered COVID-19 Vaccine, Give Reasons

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A day after the first batch of the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 arrived in Kenya, Catholic Doctors in the country have, in a collective advisory statement, cautioned the public against being vaccinated.

In their ten-page statement dated Wednesday, March 3, which the Chairman of the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association (KCDA), Dr. Stephen Kimotho Karanja signed, the medics “appeal to all people of Kenya to avoid taking this vaccine.”

The Catholic Doctors’ advisory is in stark contrast with the stance of the Catholic Archbishop of Kenya’s Nyeri Archdiocese who heads the Interfaith Council that has the mandate to guide public worship amid COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Archbishop Muheria has encouraged all Kenyans “to receive those vaccines.”

“In principle, we are in favor of the vaccines. In principle, we want to fight the COVID-19, and it is licit and ethical to receive those vaccines,” Archbishop Muheria said Thursday, March 4.

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The Kenyan Archbishop added, “Holy Father, Pope Francis is the head of the Church and he has spoken very clearly regarding the (COVID-19) vaccines.”

In an interview with ACI Africa Thursday, March 4, KCDA Chairman, Dr. Karanja underscored the message of his professional colleagues saying that the just delivered COVID-19 vaccine is “unnecessary, absolutely useless and can be extremely dangerous.”

“The COVID-19 vaccine is unnecessary because in the history of medicine, vaccines have never been and can never be part of controlling a medical epidemic,” the KCDA Chairman told ACI Africa, adding, “A vaccine can never be produced in one year.”

According to the Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Catholic Doctors are also opposed to the COVID-19 vaccine because “it is dangerous.”

The vaccine, he went on to explain, “is dangerous because it is a genetically modified product which has not been tested.”

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“The other Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) that are in the market always have a terminator gene,” the Kenyan medic added, referencing specific genetic sequence inserted by scientists into a seed's DNA that renders the seed and the crop it produces sterile.

“Does the vaccine have a terminator gene? We do not know except the manufacturers,” Dr. Karanja posed, and further probed, “Will the vaccine terminate something in the human body in another two generations? We do not know.”

He went on to claim, in the March 4 interview with ACI Africa, that the AstraZeneca vaccine that arrived in the country Tuesday, March 2 night is a GMO, and posed, “This country has refused to allow GMO maize, how would they allow a GMO to be injected into humans?”

For Dr. Karanja, a specialist in Minimal Access Surgery, lack of credible information about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine should be a reason for Kenyans to reject it since, he emphasized, “lack of knowledge is lack of safety; knowledge is safety.”

That there is a tendency to coerce people into being vaccinated against the COVID-19 pandemic is another reason why the Catholic Doctors in Kenya are cautioning against the vaccine, which they have termed a “matter of national security.”

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In their collective advisory statement of March 3, KCDA members say, “Unlike medical drugs that are only given to the sick, vaccines are given to the health population.”

“When vaccination is mandatory or made indirectly mandatory through the use of coercion (withheld services, admission to schools or travel permitted only for those with a digital vaccine certificate), they end up being given to the whole population,” the Catholic doctors in Kenya further say.

They add, “If something went wrong with the vaccine or a long-term side effect that would show up in the second generation is missed, vaccines can be used to destroy a whole population. Vaccines are therefore a matter of national security.”

In the statement addressed to fellow Kenyans and people of goodwill, the doctors further note that “medical information, including vaccination history, is private and privileged information that should not be shared nationally or internationally and neither should it be used as a qualification for service provision, admission to institutions or any other discriminatory manner.”

As a way forward, the Catholic Doctors in Kenya are proposing three alternative treatments for COVID-19, among them steaming two or three times a day, which they say, “reduces inflammation and eases secretions.”

They are also recommending the use of Ivermectin 12mg (0.2-0.3mg/kg/day) on development of symptoms, a treatment that should be repeated in 7 days. 

The medics further say, “Ivermectin at the same dose and duration is useful as a prophylaxis in relatives taking care of a COVID-19 patient at home or those above the age of 65 are immunosuppression or have comorbidities.”

They add and caution, “Ivermectin is also useful in long term prophylaxis of those at-risk including healthcare workers, security personnel, as well as in hospitalized patients. 1' 2 Ivermectin should be avoided in pregnancy due to lack of safety studies.”

Another alternative treatment that the Catholic Doctors are proposing is the Zelenko protocol comprising “Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) 200 mg twice a day, taken together with Zinc 40 mg once a day and Azithromycin 500 mg once a day all for a total of 7 days.”

The Zelenko protocol “remains the treatment of choice for pregnant symptomatic women requiring treatment,” the doctors say and caution that the protocol is “only useful in the early phase of viral replication and is not useful in hospitalized patients.” 

“Our government has no right to spend any money from this country on buying a vaccine and not buy treatments that have proved themselves that they are effective against COVID-19,” KCDA Chairman, Dr. Karanja told ACI Africa March 4.

The amount of money that the government is spending on the vaccination “can supply alternative medication to every dispensary in this country,” Dr. Karanja said

“It has been made clear that the experimental vaccines will not stop infections nor transmission of SARS-Cov-2 but will only reduce the risk of severe diseases and mortality which the current treatment can do effectively and safely,” KCDA members say in their collective statement.

“The mortality rate in Kenya and Africa does not justify vaccination let alone emergency vaccination with experimental vaccines,” they further say, and add, “Scientifically, COVID-19 therefore does not seem to warrant the drastic measures employed for its containment as advised by WHO.”

The Catholic Doctors also want Kenyans to “report to hospital at the onset of symptoms to allow early intervention so as to prevent severe morbidity and mortality.”

For them, the current WHO guidelines that direct that patients “should be offered symptomatic treatment such as antipyretic and sent home” and only report back when they have difficulty in breathing “are outdated, erroneous” and “may be the single largest contributor to morbidity and mortality, far more deadly than the disease itself!”

“This is the main reason why we are having serious and severe disease that leads to loss of life as patients wait at home to develop difficulty in breathing,” they say in their March 3 statement titled, “Stopping ravages and loss of human life from COVID-19.”

According to the doctors, early medical attention to COVID-19 patients in the viral replication phase of the pandemic will prevent them from degenerating to the “severe” second phase identified as the inflammatory phase.

To reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with the inflammatory phase, the members of KCDA say that “the patients on treatment need to detect reduction in blood oxygen levels early and long before the onset of difficulty in breathing.”

“We realize that our advice is contrary to that of WHO but it remains our solemn duty as clinicians to give our patients the best chance of survival even in the worst-case scenario,” the doctors whose practice of medicine is to be guided by the Catholic faith and the Hippocratic Oath say in their ten-page advisory statement.

They add, “The doctor patient relationship is sacrosanct and must be respected by all regulators so long as the clinician does not break the law and the patient undergoing treatment has given informed consent.”

In cautioning Kenyans against the COVID-19 vaccine, the Catholic Doctors in the country say, “It is important to keep the words of Bill Gates in mind all the time; that the world is overpopulated, that we will not go back to normal until the majority of the world population is vaccinated and the suggestion that people will need digital vaccine certificates/passports before we can go back to normal.”

“Mark you Bill Gates is not a medical doctor but a technology specialist. It seems there is something Bill Gates has invested in, that requires the whole word to be vaccinated to succeed,” the doctors say and add, “What that investment is remains the million-dollar question.”

Despite their caution, the Catholic Doctors in Kenya say they are “grateful that the words of Melinda Gates that we shall see bodies in the streets of countries in Africa did not come true.”