– What are the stats showing?
- “The Ministry of Health should be careful, they should not hurry to try these vaccines without doing research, not every vaccine is important to us, we should be careful. We should not be used as ‘guinea pigs’,” President Magufuli of Tanzania said in January.
- President Magufuli urged the Ministry of Health to conduct a robust evaluation before accepting the use of vaccines in the country. In an interview with the BBC, the government’s chief spokesperson Hassan Abbas reiterated that “we would like to see the accuracy [efficacy] of these vaccines first. Tanzania is not in denial of the vaccines, but we think that it is not the right time for now…at some point, yes, once they [the vaccines] have been clinically approved”.4
- Tanzania embraces vaccination programmes and consistently shows high immunisation coverage for infants younger than 5 years.5 We uphold the spirit of working collaboratively with local and international agencies in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic
- “Vaccinations are dangerous. If the white man was able to come up with vaccinations, he should have found a vaccination for Aids, cancer and TB by now.”
South Africa in blue (with 30% vaccination) vs Israel in black (almost 100% vaccination)