Tanzania Grants Embassies Access to Import COVID-19 Vaccines

Tanzania’s government has granted Embassies and international organisations in Tanzania access to import COVID-19 vaccines.

Tanzania, much behind in its response to the pandemic due to its late former President John Magufuli’s nonchalance, has taken the decision as part of new proactive steps at limiting the virus in the country.

The Tanzanian Ministry of Health is expected to be in charge of the importations of the vaccines for the embassies and organisations who may need it.

A statement from the Tanzanian Presidency on Friday said “President Samia (Suluhu Hassan) said embassies and international organisations have been permitted to import COVID-19 vaccines to inoculate their own nationals and staff to meet their countries and institution’s requirements and remove barriers on their daily work,”

Tanzania is one of the African countries that are yet to receive a single dose of vaccine following a breakdown in the distribution of the vaccine by the WHO’s COVAX facility.

Before it stopped announcing COVID-19 test results in May, the East African country had about 509 infections with 21 deaths recorded.

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