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Fambo Number Mive

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Tanzania and COVID - no plans for vaccination
« on: February 06, 2021, 11:18:51 AM »
According to the BBC, the government of Tanzania claim that there are no cases of coronavirus in Tanzania, having declared the country COVID free in June 2020, so have no plans for a vaccination programme.

Since June last year, when President John Magufuli declared the country "Covid-19 free", he, along with other top government officials, have mocked the efficacy of masks, doubted if testing works, and teased neighbouring countries which have imposed health measures to curb the virus.

Mr Magufuli has also warned - without providing any evidence - that Covid-19 vaccines could be harmful and has instead been urging Tanzanians to use steam inhalation and herbal medicines, neither of which have been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) as treatments...

But Health Minister Dorothy Gwajima reiterated Mr Magufuli's stance on vaccines, adding that the ministry had "its own procedure on how to receive any medicines and we do so after we have satisfied ourselves with the product".

She made the comments at a press briefing this week at which an official demonstrated how to make a smoothie using ginger, onions, lemons and pepper - a drink, they said without providing evidence, which would help prevent catching coronavirus.

"We must improve our personal hygiene, wash hands with running water and soap, use handkerchiefs, herbal steam, exercise, eat nutritious food, drink plenty of water, and [use] natural remedies that our nation is endowed with," Dr Gwajima said.

But this was not because the virus was in the country. Tanzanians had to be prepared because the virus was "ravaging" neighbouring countries, she said...

I was surprised to read this - does anyone on here know more about the situation in Tanzania? If none of a country's population have received the vaccine, isn't that an issue for international travel when other countries re-open? Or will travel to and from Tanzania end up being restricted by much of the world until the government change their minds on the vaccines?