Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli on Wednesday warned the country’s Health ministry against rushing to embrace Covid-19 vaccinations that were being promoted by foreign nations.
According to the Citizen news, Magufuli advised Tanzanians to be cautious of things that were being brought to them by foreign nations.
“You should stand firm. Vaccinations are dangerous. If the White man was able to come up with vaccinations, he should have found a vaccination for Aids by now; he would have found a vaccination of tuberculosis by now; he would have found a vaccination for malaria by now; he would have found a vaccination for cancer by now,” President Magufuli said.
“Let’s not think that they love us very much. This country is rich. Africa is rich, and everyone is jealous of our vast wealth. We must be very careful,” he added.
The Tanzanian leader made these comments during the launch of a public forest in Chato, Geita Region.
Magufuli directed the country’s Health Ministry only to adopt vaccinations after they had been certified by Tanzanian experts, citing an example of a country (which he did not name) where girl children were vaccinated against what was purported to be cervical cancer, but ended up being infertile.
“In a certain country, its girl children – aged below 14 years – were vaccinated against what was said to be cervical cancer, but it later emerged that the vaccination was meant to make them infertile,” the Tanzanian President is quoted to have said.
“The Health ministry must know that not every vaccination is meaningful to our nation. Tanzanians must be mindful so that we are not used for trials of some doubtful vaccinations which can have serious repercussions on our health.”
He reiterated that Tanzanians should continue putting trust in God while taking all the necessary health precautions.
“We have lived for over one year without the virus because our God is able and Satan will always fail. The Health ministry should be cautious, and avoid the temptation turn us into a country where vaccination trials are conducted freely,” Dr. Magufuli said.
He reiterated, that he will never impose a lockdown, insisting that Tanzanians will always be free to conduct their daily undertakings, including farming, which, he said, was part of physical exercises that ultimately drive the virus away.
The President said he was aware that some Tanzanians had gone out of the country where they received coronavirus vaccinations, which, he added, had simply introduced a “dangerous virus” into their bodies.