Vaccine Denial: Is President Magufuli Being Influenced By TB Joshua?
28 January 2021
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President John Magufuli has denounced vaccines saying God will protect people from COVID-19, other people who’ve said this in the recent months have died. Is Magufuli being influenced by controversial Nigerian preacher TB Joshua (who’s gotten more than a hundred people killed before)?

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has said God will protect his nation from COVID-19 while warning his health ministry against rushing to adopt vaccines, suggesting the medical interventions may not be safe or effective.

John Magufuli

In a speech Wednesday in Western Tanzania, Magufuli who is a member of Nigerian preacher TB Joshua’s church expressed doubt about vaccines produced by Western countries.

“If the white man was able to come up with vaccinations, then vaccinations for AIDS would have been brought, tuberculosis would be a thing of the past, vaccines for malaria and cancer would have been found,” said the president.

Magufuli directed the Ministry of Health to adopt a vaccine only after it is certified by Tanzanian experts.

He said Tanzanians must not be used as guinea pigs in vaccine trials.

Little is known about the state of the coronavirus in Tanzania, as the president has declared the country to be “COVID-free” and officials refuse to keep track of coronavirus infections or deaths.

Tanzania has not published nationwide figures since May 8, when it had 509 cases and 21 deaths, according to WHO data.

The president has told officials to promote herbs to remedy COVID-19 symptoms.

Maguflui told those in attendance Wednesday that they should continue to put their trust in God, saying that they have lived for over one year without the virus because our God is able, and Satan will always fail.

“We Tanzanians haven’t locked ourselves in and we don’t expect to lock ourselves down. I don’t expect to announce any lockdown because our God is living and He will continue to protect Tanzanians,” he said.

The United States is currently warning Americans to avoid all travel to the East African country, assigning the country a Level 4 alert, the highest advisory level. – VOA/Reuters.