Tanzania Chooses Local Herbs Over Coronavirus Vaccines

A vaccine volunteer receives an injection at the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Africa’s first participation in a COVID-19 vaccine trial has begun as volunteers received injections developed at the University of Oxford in Britain. /AP

The Tanzanian government has said that it has no plans of importing Coronavirus vaccines, but will instead focus its attention on local herbs.



The country’s health minister Gerald Chami in an interview with The East African newspaper, expressed concern over the safety and efficacy of imported vaccines which he said were developed rapidly for effective testing.


Tanzania which has had a different approach to the treatment of Coronavirus when compared with some of its East African neighbours, stopped reporting new cases at the end of April and President John Magufuli claimed that the country was virus-free.


The East African country is also one of the first countries to order Madagascar’s self-proclaimed, plant-based Covid-19 remedy in May, despite warnings that its efficacy was unproven.


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