Independent tests by the Catholic church on samples of the tetanus vaccine promoted by the government show it is laced with a hormone that causes infertility and miscarriages, the church has said.
Samples of the vaccine from independent sources, tested by four unrelated government and private laboratories in Kenya and abroad, were found to contain the Beta-HCG hormone, the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops said at a press briefing in Nakuru on Thursday.
The church has accused the government of dishonesty and misleading Kenyans, and reiterated its call for the people to shun the vaccination terming it a disguised population control programme.
Accusing Health ministry officials of handling the matter casually, the bishops said they had raised their concerns with Health CS James Macharia and the Health Services director who had agreed to test the vaccine.
“We were dismayed that the ministry pulled out of the agreement and refused to cooperate. Joint tests were not done. We struggled and acquired several vials of the vaccine. On October 13, we gave copies of the results to the CS and the director but no action has been taken,” Cardinal John Njue said. The tetanus vaccination campaigns are sponsored by the World Health Organization and UNICEF.