Prof Samuel Kariuki appointed as Ag KEMRI Director General

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has appointed Professor Samuel Kariuki as the Acting Director-General of the Kenya Medical Research Institute- KEMRI replacing Prof. Yeri Israel Kombe, who has served the Institute in the same capacity for the last three years.

Prof. Kariuki holds a Bachelor of Veterinary degree from University of Nairobi, a Master of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the same university and a Ph.D. in Tropical Medicine from the University of Liverpool, UK.

Until his appointment, Prof. Kariuki was the Director in charge of Research and Development a position he has held since 2018.

Kariuki takes the helm of the medical research institute at a time Kenya has kicked off the vaccination exercise against COVID-19.

He will be expected to ensure timely testing of COVID-19 and safety of COVID -19 vaccines.


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