Kenya has hit out at the UK government for adding the country to England’s coronavirus travel “red list”.
In a strongly-worded statement published to Twitter, Kenya’s ministry of foreign affairs utilized the move to alert of a “vaccine apartheid” in between countries who produce and are “hoarding” jabs, and the rest of the world.
It comes after the UK revealed the brand-new travel measures taking effect from 4am on Friday 9 April, together with constraints for Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Philippines.
The Kenyan ministry’s statement said that such strategies by “vaccine producing countries” with “vaccine hoarding mindsets” would make it “near difficult for the world to win the war against the pandemic”.
When it announced the additions to the red list this week, the Department for Transport said it was in reaction to concerns about new versions of COVID-19.
But Kenya stated the policy was “prejudiced”, and implicated the UK of hoarding vaccines “in bigger amounts than it currently has usage for”.
The UK has bought more than 400 million coronavirus vaccine dosages, for a population of around 67 million people, however has actually alerted of possible supply problems to come in April.
The UK is a factor to the worldwide COVAX plan, focused on delivering jabs to lower-income countries, but Service Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng stated earlier this week that the UK had “no surpluses” at the moment.
Kenya, which has a population of 53 million, has actually gotten more than a million Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines through COVAX already.
Press declaration on the choice by UK to Red List Kenya. pic.twitter.com/imsypsEG2Q– ForeignAffairsKenya April 3, 2021
The Kenyan declaration stated there had actually been no interaction from UK equivalents ahead of the change of guidelines for visitors made on Friday.
Being on the “red list” suggests global visitors who have departed from or transited through those nations in the previous 10 days will be disallowed from going into.
British and Irish people and those with house rights in the UK will be allowed to enter, however will have to come to a designated port and after that pay to stay in a government-approved quarantine hotel for 10 days.
As soon as in quarantine, they will need to take a COVID test on the 2nd and 8th days of their self-isolation.
In reaction, Kenya has actually instituted its own limitations on travel from the UK.
These include anybody showing up from the UK needing to quarantine in a “government designated facility” for 14 days, at their own expenditure.
Two PCR tests will need to be taken throughout this period, also at the tourist’s cost.
The exception to these rules consist of Kenyan citizens who reside in the UK, and likewise freight flights.
In response to the procedures announced by Kenya, the UK’s high commission in the country announced they would be upgrading their travel recommendations for the nation.
We will be factually upgrading our Travel Suggestions for those travelling to Kenya, in light of the declaration by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this night. Please follow:– UK in Kenya April 3, 2021 In another part of the declaration from the Kenyan federal government, it said: “The choice is especially troubling because of the fact that the United Kingdom and Kenya delight in a strong and lasting relationship …”.
Hundreds of British troops train in the nation every year, and last month, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace opened a ₤ 70m military training center for the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK).
Mr Wallace stated at the time: “Kenya is among our leading defence partners in East Africa and this brand-new facility will cement our collaboration for years to come, supporting stability and security in the area.”.
Kenya just recently introduced brand-new lockdown restrictions in five counties due to a 3rd wave of coronavirus.
The statement stated: “The 3rd wave that Kenya is currently managing with strict COVID-19 protocols and limitations is an example of the sacrifice that Kenyans are willing to make to ensure that this disease does not spread out in Kenya or anywhere else worldwide for that matter.”