Tanzania gets 1 million doses of Covid vaccines
Tanzania has received over a million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccination.
They are included in the US’s 25 million vaccinations shared with the continent.
Tanzania is launching its immunization campaign four months after President John Magufuli, who was a vocal opponent of the Covid vaccine, died.
As is the case in other nations, attention will be given to frontline workers and individuals at high risk of contracting the illness.
In all government hospitals, the single dosage vaccine will be provided free of charge.
The government will also provide the vaccine at a fee to anyone planning international travel.
Zanzibar, Tanzania’s semi-autonomous island, started a vaccination programme approximately two weeks ago using China’s Sinovac vaccine.
No information has been provided on how many individuals have been vaccinated there so far. Additionally, the number of dosages obtained by the authorities from the Chinese government is unknown.
Tanzania withheld data on the virus’s spread for most of last year.
However, this has altered under President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s administration.
The nation is already reporting the third wave of Covid infections.
Eritrea and Burundi are the only African nations that have not yet placed vaccine orders via the Covax programme or the African Union’s Vaccine Acquisition Trust.