Tanzania allocates $2.2 million for COVID-19 research.
Tanzania’s government announced on Saturday that it has set up 5.1 billion Tanzanian shillings (around 2.2 million US dollars) towards COVID-19 pandemic research.
The monies were part of the $567.25 million granted by the International Monetary Fund in September, according to President Samia Suluhu Hassan (IMF).
The IMF granted money for emergency financial assistance to Tanzania under the Rapid Credit Facility and Rapid Financing Instrument to help the government deal with the pandemic’s severe health, humanitarian, and economic consequences.
“Research is a key pillar in the worldwide battle against the virus and other illnesses,” Hassan remarked during the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center’s 50th-anniversary celebration in Moshi.
She said that the government would continue to fund universities, research institutes, and medical service providers undertaking COVID-19 and other illness research.
Tanzania’s president encouraged health professionals and academics to keep working on finding the most effective way to combat the COVID-19 epidemic.