Kenya’s Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) secured herself a spot on Kenya’s trending topics for the rest of the weekend after she was caught blatantly lying about the country’s COVID-19 vaccination numbers.
In the clip from the Ministry of Health’s Saturday briefing that is now doing rounds, Mercy Mwangangi falsely claimed that Kenya was among the top countries on the world vaccination leaderboard.
“Kenya is proudly number 7 in the whole world in terms of vaccination.We are actually on the leaderboard of vaccination in the world. And that’s the data and statistics we can share with you. So we are actually proud of what we’ve done. What we’ve done as a government, as the ministry and most importantly as Kenyans,” she said when giving an update on the status of the pandemic from Afya House.
Dr. Mercy Mwangangi: Kenya is number 7 on the leader board in the World in terms of vaccination in the world… We are proud of what we have done as a govt, as Kenya pic.twitter.com/U5yaTOQpUw— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) April 24, 2021
Her remarks were immediately met by backlash on social media as woke netizens took turns in reminding Ms Mwangangi and her employers that the citizenry is not as dumb as they presume.
According to the New York Times Corona World Vaccination Tracker, more than 993 million doses have been administered across 172 countries in what is regarded as the biggest vaccination campaign in history.
Some of the countries currently in the top 10 global vaccination list include the United States, United Kingdom, UAE, Israel, Chile, Qatar, among others.
As seen on the screengrab of statistics provided above, Kenya is nowhere near the top.
In fact, as of April 16 2021, data shows that Kenya had administered a total of 651,650 doses of coronavirus which means that only roughly 1.4% of the population is vaccinated.
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