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From Denial to Johnson and Johnson: Tanzania Finally Bows to Virus Pressure

Coronavirus as seen under the microscope [Photo/Courtesy]

The world has faced one of the most difficult periods ever in its history since the entry of Covid-19. The virus has burdened almost every sector, with money becoming a very rare resource as days lapse.

When the disease was first discovered, many people remained in rejection to the reality. It is hard to say yet true, that many accepted corona reality after witnessing their loved ones succumb to the virus.

In Kenya, the first Coronavirus case was recorded in May 2020. Since then, cases have been rising steadily, with many deaths having been recorded. The elderly, immunocompromised and those with underlying conditions are the most affected groups. Most of the deaths are recorded within the mentioned group of people.

While Kenya took Covid-19 with a lot of concern, The late Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli jokingly treated it. He advised his citizens not to observe any of the WHO Covid-19 containment measures, citing that Covid-19 was not real, but a ghost disease. After reaching five hundred and nine individuals, Tanzania stopped publishing Covid-19 statistics. Thus, Magufuli lived in denial, never to accept the reality.

The late Tanzanian President Dr. John Pombe Magufuli [Photo/Courtesy]

The late President John Pombe Magufuli is remembered for his fast economic growth development, as well as dictatorial method of governance, which denied voice to all his opponents and opposition parties.

After dying, his successor Samia Suluhu came up with a different approach to Covid-19. The current president seems to take Covid-19 seriously, contrary to her predecessor.

In her recent step towards the fight against Covid-19, President Suluhu launched one million of Johnson and Johnson vaccine doses donated by US in a bid to cut the spread of the deadly virus. She further said that her government will source for more doses elsewhere, not necessarily from mentioned donor country. Currently, the virus has strongly hit Tanzania, with some deaths having been recorded.

Suluhu received her shot of Johnson and Johnson Vaccine during its launch [Photo/Courtesy]

Suluhu admits that Tanzania is not an island and thus cannot pretend to be safe when other countries are suffering the burden of this global disease. His predecessor was a strong sceptic, who never digested anything regarding Covid-19 in Tanzania. Congratulations to President Suluhu for leading her citizens into recognizing the real danger that staring at them due to ignorance.

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