Covid-19 vaccines are ‘dangerous’, Tanzanian President John Magufuli claims.
The East African leader urged Tanzanians to protect themselves from the deadly disease by using domestic measures including steam inhalation.
The remark was made on Wednesday when he warned the country’s Health ministry against rushing to embrace Covid-19 vaccinations that are being promoted by foreign nations.
Speaking during the launch of a public forest in Chato, Geita Region, President Magufuli said any decision to adopt Covid-19 vaccinations should not be taken lightly.
“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.”
He said Tanzanians must be cautious of things brought to them by foreign nations.
“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,” President Magufuli said.
His directive to the Ministry of Health was to only adopt vaccinations after they have been certified by Tanzania’s own experts, citing an example of a country (which he did not name) where girls were given vaccinations “meant to make them 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,” Dr Magufuli 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.”
The president 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.
World Health Organization says Tanzania reported 509 Covid-19 cases and 21 deaths.
However, the figures remain debatable as the health ministry stopped releasing regular updates on COVID statistics last year April.
NEWS/PHOTO SOURCE: The East African | News Agencies