Tanzania ‘has no plans to receive vaccines for COVID-19,’ health minister says

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by Michael Haynes, LifeSite News:

DODOMA, Tanzania, March 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The east African country of Tanzania is continuing its opposition to the global trend in responding to COVID-19. Tanzania’s health minister supported President John Magufuli’s opposition to the experimental vaccines.

Health Minister Dorothy Gwajima doubled down on President Magufuli’s opposition to the COVID-19 injections, saying the country would follow its own protocols when testing and administering medicines.

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“The ministry has its own procedure on how to receive any medicines and we do so after we have satisfied ourselves with the product,” Gwajima said. “The ministry has no plans to receive vaccines for COVID-19,” she continued, before recommending more natural remedies for the virus, such as increased attention to personal hygiene, exercise, eating “nutritious food,” and drinking “plenty of water.”

Gwajima mentioned that there were natural treatments proved to be beneficial for treating the virus: “Through the Chief Government Chemist, the Ministry has been working to inspect a number of natural remedies that have met the safety standards for use, are already in use and they have helped Tanzanians, including me and my family.”

Recent data from COVAX (the international collaboration between Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, WHO, and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations) revealed that the experimental vaccines were being distributed to more than 130 countries, but Tanzania was not on the list — despite being eligible to receive the COVAX vaccines.

The health minister’s comments support Magufuli’s own words against the vaccines, as he has expressed deep suspicion about the injections. “If the white man was able to come up with vaccinations, then vaccinations for AIDS would have been brought, tuberculosis would be a thing of the past, vaccines for malaria and cancer would have been found,” he previously declared.

In a manner that has alarmed authorities such as the World Health Organization (WHO), Magufuli has also refused to follow suit and shut the country down. While there was an initial closure affecting schools, sports, and the border, the country’s markets, businesses, and churches remained open in contrast to most other countries that reported the presence of the virus.

“We Tanzanians haven’t locked ourselves in and we don’t expect to lock ourselves down,” Magufuli said. “I don’t expect to announce any lockdown because our God is living and He will continue to protect Tanzanians.”

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