The policy of one of the most populous countries in Africa has undergone tremendous changes, so the Tanzanian people are actively encouraged to get the Covid-19 vaccine.
After Tanzania rejected its former president’s suspicion of the new coronavirus, a vaccination campaign began.
At the forefront of the campaign is the new president Samia Suruhu Hassan, who has just received her jab.
The person she replaced, John Magufuli, played down the virus, calling for prayers instead of vaccines and masks.
After he died of heart complications in March, Ms. Samia established a coronavirus task force.
Official data show that this country with a population of 58 million has recorded 29 deaths from the coronavirus and 858 cases, but Some people worry that the real number is bigger.
The World Health Organization recently warned of a surge in cases across Africa, The number of reported deaths increased by 43% every week.
According to a global plan to help poorer countries fight the virus called Covax, Tanzania received more than 1 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s single shot over the weekend.
President Samia said after receiving the injection on Wednesday: “We are not an island. That’s why we are now starting to vaccinate.”
She urged all Tanzanians to get vaccinated and said that the country will get more vaccines.
She said that she had been vaccinated with several vaccines since she was a child and is now taking this vaccine because she knows it is safe.
Part of Tanzania is already vaccinating people-about two weeks ago, the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar started its own vaccination campaign, using China’s Xenoshine vaccine.
The Tanzanian government also bans unnecessary gatherings to prevent the spread of the virus.
When Magufuli died, there were rumors that he himself was infected with the coronavirus.
He believes that Tanzania does not need the Covid vaccine, calling it “dangerous” and advocating various natural remedies that are not accepted by international health experts.
The Minister of Health Dorothy Gwajima called vaccination “historic” and urged people to get vaccinated. This shows that the government plans to vaccinate at least 60% of the population, which shows how much has changed.
Under Magufuli, The same minister promotes herbal steam, sports, gourmet food and “natural remedies” Not a vaccine.
The BBC’s Aboubakar Famau in the capital Dodoma reported that the public’s attitude towards Covid precautions still appears to be quite lax. Most people walk around without masks, and there are still differences among the public on the safety of vaccination.