NAIROBI – In a large breakthrough for 1 of the world's past countries to clasp COVID-19 vaccines, Tanzania’s president kicked disconnected the nation’s vaccination run Wednesday by publically receiving a dose and urging others to bash the same.
The East African country’s authorities nether erstwhile President John Magufuli had agelong disquieted African wellness officials by denying the pandemic. Magufuli, who insisted the coronavirus could beryllium defeated with prayer, died successful March. The presidency went to his deputy, Samia Suluhu Hassan, who has since changed Tanzania's people connected COVID-19.
Hassan, who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, expressed assurance successful the information of vaccines and said the state of much than 58 cardinal radical volition prosecute more. The United States connected Saturday announced the transportation of much than 1 cardinal doses via the COVAX planetary inaugural aimed astatine supplying low- and middle-income countries.
Tanzania went good implicit a twelvemonth without updating its fig of confirmed microorganism cases but has present resumed reporting the information to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which showed 858 cases successful the state arsenic of Wednesday.
Critics of Tanzania’s past stance connected COVID-19, however, person agelong warned that galore much radical person been infected.
Tanzania’s existent president besides has pledged to put successful vaccine manufacturing, according to the Africa CDC; the agency’s director, John Nkengasong, met with Hassan connected Tuesday. African countries, deed hard by alleged vaccine nationalism arsenic affluent nations prioritize doses for their ain citizens, are embracing the request to person much power implicit vaccine production.
Just 2 African countries inactive person yet to commencement COVID-19 vaccinations, Burundi and Eritrea. Burundi, whose precocious President Pierre Nkurunziza besides had been criticized for downplaying the pandemic, has said vaccines aren't needed yet. And Eritrea has agelong been criticized by quality rights groups arsenic 1 of the world's astir closed-off, repressive countries.
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