Der es Salaam – Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu has been vaccinated against Covid-19 as she rolled out the country’s vaccination campaign.
“We are not an island and that is why now we are starting vaccination,” said the president who took office in March.
Her predecessor, the late John Magufuli, was a coronavirus skeptic and was opposed to foreign-made vaccines.
Mrs. Samia has taken a different direction, urging the public to follow preventive guidelines.
The country recently received one million Johnson & Johnson vaccines through the Covax initiative.
At the launch ceremony, President Samia urged all Tanzanians to get vaccinated and said that more doses would be obtained.
She said she wouldn’t lead the country on a dangerous path as she was a mother, grandmother, as well as president.
Musicians performed a song asking people to get a jab and follow guidelines – though those at the ceremony used two microphones without sanitising them.
On Tuesday, Africa CDC praised the measures President Samia has put in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus.