Kenyan doctor, Stephen Karanja, who was a vocal anti-vaccine advocate, has died after contracting Covid-19.
Karanja died in a high-dependency unit of a private hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, on Thursday.
There have been so many misconceptions about the COVID-19 vaccine, thus pushing doubts about inoculation and reducing willingness to receive the jab.
The doctor had alleged that the COVID-19 pandemic is a hoax in a bid to reduce the world’s population.
According to him, the founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, is also involved in the conspiracy.
Karanja, in a letter on March 3, 2021, said: “There are drugs that have been repurposed and used effectively to treat COVID-19.”
He added, “we also know that vaccination for this disease is totally unnecessary making the motivation suspect.”
The doctor insisted that Kenyans did not need to be vaccinated against the virus.
He, therefore, stated that the people could be cured through steam inhalation and a mixture of drugs and minerals including the antimalarial hydroxychloroquine, Ivermectin, and zinc.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) had rejected his claims, saying:
“(The vaccine) being distributed in Kenya, has been reviewed and found safe not only by the WHO rigorous process but also by several stringent regulatory authorities”.
Although, BBC had reported that the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops disassociated itself from Karanja’s view on the COVID-19 vaccines, saying it was “licit and ethically acceptable”.
Karanja was the chairman of Kenya’s Catholic Doctors Association, which described him “as a true medical soldier.”
According to Worldometer, a reference website that provides counters and real-time statistics for diverse topics, Kenya has a total of 159,318 confirmed COVID-19 cases; 2,724 deaths; and 108,565 persons discharged.