In Summary
  • According to the letter, the samples of the vaccines tested were found to have been contaminated.

  • The letter also says that even after paying Sh5.7 million, the Ministry of Health failed to pick up final results of the tetanus vaccine analysis it had jointly asked for with the Catholic Church.

  • In 2014, there was a heated debate over the two vaccines between the ministry and the Catholic Church, which claimed that the vaccines were laced with a hormone said to cause infertility in women.

A Nairobi company has threatened to sue the government for failing to pay Sh13.8 million for tests on the controversial tetanus and polio vaccines.

In a demand letter by Gitobu Imanyara Advocates, the company, Agriq Quest Ltd, claims that the government declined to pay for the laboratory tests because it wanted the results altered to show that the vaccines were fit to be administered to women and children.

According to the letter, the samples of the vaccines tested were found to have been contaminated.

The letter also says that even after paying Sh5.7 million, the Ministry of Health failed to pick up final results of the tetanus vaccine analysis it had jointly asked for with the Catholic Church.

“Owing to the shocking findings of contamination of the vaccines, our client was orally advised to alter the results to indicate that they were safe to be administered,” reads the letter dated May 16, but which was obtained by the Nation on Thursday.

In 2014, there was a heated debate over the two vaccines between the ministry and the Catholic Church, which claimed that the vaccines were laced with a hormone said to cause infertility in women.

According to the Catholic Health Commission, the polio vaccine was laced with a hormone that, if injected in children, would affect their growth and reproduction abilities, while the tetanus jab had HCG, a hormone that they claimed could cause infertility in women.

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