Tanzania Says “No” to COVID-19 Vaccines

There’s no better way to kick off a Monday morning than with rebellion, especially when it’s coming out of the African continent.

Africa News advised that although Tanzania is eligible for the COVAX (COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access), the country’s health ministry does not plan on accepting the vaccine. During a press conference, Health Minister Dorothy Gwajima insisted that Tanzania is safe and encouraged the public to improve their hygiene practices, use sanitizer, and used steam inhalation as a means of protection against the spread of the virus. All vaccines must receive ministry approval, and Minister Gwajima stated that “the ministry has no plans to receive vaccines for COVID-19.”

Fidelice Mafumiko, the chief government chemist, also suggested the use of herbal medicine to cure COVID-19. This remedy would mirror that of Madagascar’s tonic, COVID-Organics.

Tanzania’s government has received criticism on its handling of the pandemic. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) African chief urged Tanzania to share its infection data, and Africa’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention director stated the following:

“If we do not fight this as a collective on the continent, we will be doomed.”

Regardless of the criticism, I salute Tanzania for not submitting and putting the interest of their people first—not the corporations.

Until Next Time…


Photo Credit: The Citizen

Oyinloye, A. (2021, February 03). Tanzania minister: No interest in procuring COVID -19 vaccines. Retrieved March 01, 2021, from https://www.africanews.com/2021/02/03/tanzania-minister-no-interest-in-procuring-covid-19-vaccines/


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