Tanzania plans to join COVAX vaccine-sharing facility — WHO



  Organisation (WHO) on Thursday said Tanzania to request to join the COVAX global vaccine-sharing facility.
WHO said this was the latest sign of the country’s change of tack following the death of its -19 sceptic president in March.


Former President John Magufuli had underplayed the pandemic and expressed scepticism of vaccines, but his successsor Samia Suluhu Hassan has sought to gradually bring the country into line with global public standards for tackling -19.
The nation of more than 58 million people is one of just four African countries that are yet to start vaccination campaigns, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
“We have received information that Tanzania is now formally working to join the COVAX facility,’’ Matshidiso Moeti, WHO director for Africa, told a news conference.

Tanzanian were immediately reachable for comment.
In another indication of the country’s new approach, its finance minister said that the government has asked the International Monetary Fund for a $571 million loan to help it tackle the challenges caused the pandemic.


Tanzania stopped reporting -19 cases and deaths in May 2020 and in spite of other policy changes the new president, has resumed reporting data. (Reuters/NAN)