Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli has cautioned health officials against usage of the Covid-19 vaccines, without clear evidence, that they could impair the population.
“The ministry of health should be careful, they should not hurry to try these vaccines without doing research not every vaccine is important to us, we should be careful. We should not be used as ‘guinea pigs’,” said Tanzania’s president Magufuli.
“Vaccinations are dangerous. If the white man was able to come up with vaccinations, he should have found a vaccination for Aids, cancer and TB by now.”
According to BCC’s health reporter Philippa Roxby says vaccines are thoroughly tested in trials comprising thousands of people afore assessment by regulators, who critically analyze data on the safety and effectiveness of vaccines before taking them for use. And hence the aim of the vaccines is to cure the deadly diseases.
From Magufuli, he urged all Tanzanians to remain taking precautions, prayers and traditional medicine as well as steam inhalation as the way to overcome coronavirus.
“Many countries have lockdown, but in Tanzania there are no plan of lockdown and we’ll never introduce lockdown because our God is alive and he will continue to protect us.”
Tanzanian President who is a devout Catholic last year declared the country free of Covid-19 but did not comment on the Catholic Church’s concern about the currently death spikes in the urban parishes.
“After successfully containing the spread of the virus last year, Tanzania was now facing a new wave of the virus spread,” read part of the statement from Catholic Church on Tuesday.
“Our country is not an island. We have every reason to take precautions and pray to God so that we can be saved from this pandemic.”
However, Bishop Yuda Thadei Ruwaichi of Dar es Salaam, over the weekend said,
“Covid is not finished, Covid is still here. Let’s not be reckless, we need to protect ourselves, wash your hands with soap and water. We also have to go back to wearing masks.”
The republic of Tanzania stopped publishing official data about coronavirus last year in June.
President Magufuli, therefore failed to address reports from Denmark where two of its citizens who had visited Tanzania, tested positive for the strange new Covid-19 strain from South Africa. But went on to blame citizens who travel from Tanzania that they are found of “importing a new weird corona”