A doctor who opposed Covid-19 vaccines and branded them "totally unnecessary" has died from the virus.
In a letter penned by Dr Stephen Karanja, less than two months before his death on Thursday, April 27, he called into question the suspicious motives behind the jab.
As chairman of the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, he clashed with the Catholic church over the safety of the vaccines and instead recommended steam inhalation and hydroxychloroquine tablets.
Yet the World Health Organization [WHO] rejected his claims surrounding the vaccine and confirmed Kenya's doses were safe, BBC News reports.
The WHO said in March: "[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."
Dr Karanja's stance also went against that of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops which said the vaccines were "licit and ethically acceptable."
According to the BBC, most of Kenya's million-plus doses from the global Covax initiative have already been administered.
A new lockdown was introduced by the Kenyan government in March following a surge in Covid-19 which took the country's confirmed case total to more than 160,000 cases and 2,707 deaths.
Dr Karanja wrote in a letter dated March 3: "There are drugs that have been repurposed and used effectively to treat Covid-19…we also know that vaccination for this disease is totally unnecessary making the motivation suspect."
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He proposed steam inhalation and a cocktail of drugs – including hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin as alternative treatments to the deadly virus which became a global pandemic over 12 months ago.
WHO has not recognised Dr Karanja's suggestions as effective treatment for Covid-19.
The Kenyan medical professional worked as an obstetrician and gynaecologist until his death on Thursday, one week after he was admitted to hospital with complications caused by a coronavirus infection.
Prior to his fight against Covid-19 vaccines, Dr Karanja had racked up a series of controversial beliefs and campaigns in Kenya.
He previously stood against legal abortions, school girls getting cervical cancer vaccines and the rollout of tetanus jabs.
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