Tanzania’s Health Ministry says it has no plans put in place to accept COVID-19 vaccines, days after the President expressed doubt about the vaccines with no evidence.
Tanzania is one of the few countries in the world that did not publish any data on COVID-19 cases. It last published data in May, when there was about 500 cases and 20 deaths recorded. The following month Magufuli declared Tanzania “coronavirus-free”.
Tanzania is one of the few countries in the world that did not publish any data on COVID-19 cases. It last published data in May, when there was about 500 cases and 20 deaths recorded.
Mr. Magufuli had declared Tanzania “coronavirus-free” without any evidence.
During a news conference, The Health Minister Dorothy Gwajima said: “For now the government has no plans to receive the COVID vaccine being distributed in other countries.”
The minister further urged Tanzanians to take precautions and to make use of traditional medicines as a way of dealing with the coronavirus, although their efficacy to combat the virus has not been scientifically confirmed.
Meanwhile, the Tanzanian President John Magufuli who has long asserted that God has eliminated COVID-19 in Tanzania, last week asserted that vaccines for the virus are “inappropriate” even as the first vaccine deliveries begin to arrive on the African continent.
The World Health Organization’s Africa Chief urged Tanzania to share its data on infections, while the Africa centers for Disease control and prevention director stated “if we do not fight this virus as a collective on the continent, we will be doomed”.
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