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'TOTALLY UNNECESSARY': Anti-vaxxer doctor dies of Covid

02 May 2021
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doctor staunchly against the Covid vaccine has succumbed to the virus after testing positive. 

Dr Stephen Karanja died on April 29 after being admitted to hospital in Kenya's capital Nairobi when he started suffering symptoms. 

Dr Karanja, the lead of the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, had been criticised before his death for "misguiding" Kenyans not to take the coronavirus vaccine. 

In a letter to citizens shared to Twitter, Dr Karanja acknowledged Covid-19 brought with it unprecedented new challenges for the health industry but urged people to rethink the vaccine. 

"It's also becoming clear that there are partisan interests that seem bent on keeping some important truths from coming to the fore at the expense of human life," he wrote in the letter dated March 3, a day after more than a million AstraZeneca vaccines arrived in Kenya. 

"We know for a fact that there are drugs that have been re-purposed and used effectively to treat Covid-19. We also know that vaccination for this disease is totally unnecessary making the motivation suspect.

Dr Karanja added in the letter the Covid vaccine "should not be given".

"We appeal to all people of Kenya to avoid taking this vaccine," he said.

The doctor instead advised Kenyans to visit a hospital at the onset of symptoms for early intervention to prevent mortality. 

He endorsed treatments like hydroxychloroquine, which is used to treat malaria, and Ivermectin, which is used to treat parasite infestations. 

 

 

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