Canada COVID-19: Tanzania will soon start its vaccination campaign, according to the authorities

04:40  24 july  2021
04:40  24 july  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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But then, according to Tanzania 's government, which has not published data on the coronavirus for months, the country is " Covid - 19 -free". There is little testing and no plans for a vaccination programme in the East African country. It is nearly impossible to gauge the true extent of the virus and only a small number of people are officially allowed to talk about the issue. The British government has banned all travellers arriving from Tanzania , while the US has warned against going to the country because of coronavirus.

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Samia Suluhu Hassan, présidente de la Tanzanie, prend le sujet de la pandémie de coronavirus plus au sérieux que son prédécesseur. © - AFP / file Samia Suluthu Hassan, President of Tanzania, takes the subject of the pandemic of coronavirus more seriously than its predecessor.

This East African country has so far been one of the last people who have not yet started to vaccinate his population. Partly due to skepticism around COVID-19. But in the face of a third wave and outbreak of new cases, the new President Samia Suluthu Hassan does not want to take risks.

Nearly 200 new cases nothing for the only day of Thursday hospitals in lack of oxygen, doctors overflowed ... President Samia Suluth Hassan tries to take over the health crisis. She has not yet specified a calendar for the beginning of vaccination, but she insists that she will be on the basis of volunteering.

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South Africa has started Covid - 19 vaccinations after a delay to the original planned rollout. image captionPresident Cyril Ramaphosa was amongst those vaccinated on the first day. South Africa has started Covid - 19 vaccinations following the suspension of an earlier plan to use the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine . More than a third of all Covid - 19 cases in Africa have been in South Africa, with a new variant of the virus accounting for most of the new cases there.

In early June, the president had allowed international organizations to import vaccines for their employees. And in the Tanzanian archipelago of Zanzibar, civil servants and humanitarian workers can already be vaccinated.

Not sure, however, that everyone will want. Tanzania showed some skepticism against COVID-19 a few months ago.

Some share the point of view of the former head of state John Magufuli , who saw in the vaccine a project to "destroy Africans".

a position that President Hassan tries to counter: since taking functions, she has set up a new Task Force Covid, again authorized the publication of the numbers on the virus and started steps to join the COVAX program ... which ensures poor countries access to anti-Covid vaccines.

So many signs, which for the director of Africa CDC, show that Tanzania has changed trajectory.

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