Joseph Kanyi | Nation Media Grouo

How NIS joined Israel's Mossad in scramble for Covid-19 kits

What you need to know:

  • As the Covid-19 pandemic began to wreak havoc in March, desperate governments turned to their intelligence services for help to secure scarce medical equipment like ventilators, test kits and surgical masks.
  • The pandemic has redirected spies into a new kind of covert operation that is now centred on "stealing" vaccine development formulae.

As fears spread in March that African countries risked losing out in the scramble for scarce Covid-19 supplies, Kenya’s spy agency mysteriously managed to secure 100 ventilators and other health equipment, a parliamentary report now reveals.