Tanzania's president expresses doubts about COVID vaccines

Tanzania’s president is openly expressing doubt about COVID-19 vaccines and accusing people who were vaccinated outside the East African nation of bringing new infections into the country

He also warned against Tanzanians being used as “guinea pigs” for the vaccines.

But now other authorities in the country, including the Catholic church, appear to be pushing back as parts of the African continent see a strong second surge in virus infections.

Magufuli also suggested that donated vaccines are part of a conspiracy to steal Africa's wealth: “Don’t think you are loved so much. Tanzania is rich. Africa is rich. Everyone wants a piece of it."

The president in the past has told Tanzanians not to implement social distancing while encouraging them to use untested herbal remedies to treat the disease. He also questioned the credibility of donated virus tests.

Some people who opposed the government's stance that Tanzania was coronavirus-free were arrested and charged.