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Sponsored by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO), the anti-malaria campaign is set to begin tomorrow, but Kenya's bishops' conference wants to make sure it's safe before any drugs are administered.
"We are not fighting anybody," states the bishop of Nairobi, Cardinal John Njue, "we are only trying to prevent our people from suffering from external causes."
Not until the oral vaccines have been cleared by thorough testing do the Kenyan bishops wish to see the campaign launched.
Kenya's Ministry of Health isn't quite so patient, it seems, as it is calling for everyone in the country to get on board.
That would appear to break an earlier agreement between the bishops and the Ministry of Health, though. The two groups allegedly agreed earlier this year that all future vaccination campaigns would have to be open to testing before, during and after their execution.
"We are not in conflict with the Ministry of Health, but we have an apostolic and moral duty to ensure Kenyans are getting safe vaccines," said Bishop Philip Anyolo, chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The bishops had been suspicious of a tetanus vaccination campaign sponsored by UNICEF and WHO in its country last year, because similar programs in the past — in Mexico, Nicaragua and the Philippines — were found to use vaccines containing Beta HCG, an antigen that causes women to become infertile.
So, Kenya's bishops asked the Ministry of Health to test the vaccines that were being used for the campaign, but the ministry refused to cooperate.
The bishops put together their own committee of medical experts, however, and found Beta HCG in the samples. The Ministry of Health then rejected the findings, suggesting that the Bishops were lying, that the tests were inaccurate, and later on, that they did their own tests proving the vaccines safe.
To settle the conflicting claims, Kenya’s parliament launched a joint committee with medical experts from both sides of the dispute. Only the bishops brought samples of vaccines that were actually used in the campaign, however, and 33% of those samples ended up containing the sterility-inducing antigen.
Hence, the Kenyan bishops are worried that their people are the targets of population reduction programs.
The bishops' suspicions were recently deepened further when 30 children in Western Kenya were reportedly paralyzed after taking an anti-malaria vaccine. Kenya's bishops are citing the recent incident as even more evidence in support of making sure all vaccines are cleared prior to their use.
Kenya has been a consistent target of Western "ideological colonization." Just last week, its president had to rebuff President Barack Obama when the U.S. president politely scolded him and Kenyan society for not embracing special legal privileges for people oriented to sodomy. Additionally, Catholic Relief Services has been caught implementing programs that push contraception in Kenya, all with the help of the U.S. federal government.