Good to know masses got jabs while I languished on my sickbed

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Good to know masses got jabs while I languished on my sickbed

This is fantastic progress for a country that so spectacularly bungled the process in the early stages

Executive editor: opinions and analysis

This column has been absent for a month because I was down with the dreaded C. The Delta is no joke; it attacks your lungs hard, making every breath intake a struggle. Your head pounds, fever skyrockets, coughing, sneezing, loss of appetite, taste and smell.

My missus, who thankfully tested negative, consigned me to the spare bedroom for 14 days (fortunately, one with a television set). I had loads of time to read, catch up on news and even finish a Netflix series or two.

My age group wasn’t yet eligible for vaccination when I contracted Covid a month ago. While on my sickbed, I read a painful opinion piece penned by CNN’s East Africa correspondent Larry Madowo. His uncle, who was in his 60s, died of Covid complications because of the scarcity of vaccines in Kenya. He stood no chance because only 1.1% of Kenyans have been lucky enough to receive the lifesaving shot. Madowo’s 96-year-old grandmother is now on a ventilator; she also wasn’t vaccinated. The west has hoarded more vaccines than they will ever need, enough to vaccinate their populations three times over, while only 1.6% of those vaccinated globally are Africans...

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