Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu reassured the public about the efficacy and safety of the Covid vaccine while getting her jab on July 28. PHOTO | AFP
In June 2020, the late president John Magufuli declared Tanzania “Covid-19 free.” He, along with other top government officials, even queried the efficacy of masks.
He doubted if testing worked, and teased neighbouring countries that had imposed health measures to slow down the spread of the virus.
But, after Dr Magufuli died in March, his successor President Samia Suluhu, who was his vice president, steered the nation into recognising the presence of the deadly virus and instituted measures to curb its spread, including resuming publishing infection figures, which stopped a year ago.
Then on July 28, President Samia was publicly vaccinated against the virus, just days after Tanzania received Covid vaccines.