The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) on Tuesday commended Tanzania for measures the east African nation is taking to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
John Nkengasong, the Africa CDC director, made the remarks during talks with Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan at State House in the commercial capital of Dar es Salaam, said a statement issued by the Directorate of Presidential Communications.
According to the statement, Nkengasong pledged Africa CDC’s support to Tanzania in fighting the pandemic that has caused devastating consequences across the world.
The commendation came ahead of Tanzania’s official launch of COVID-19 vaccination campaign by President Hassan Wednesday.
Nkengasong, a Cameroonian virologist, said that Africa CDC in collaboration with the African Union will ensure that enough vaccines are secured for distribution and vaccination in the African region, including Tanzania, vowing that Africa CDC will cooperate with Tanzania in building capacities for laboratories to enable them to identify various variants of COVID-19.
While thanking Africa CDC for extending its support to Tanzania in the fight against the pandemic, President Hassan said her government has formed a special committee of experts that is coordinating issues related to the pandemic, stressing that the committee is ready to work with Africa CDC.
On July 23, the Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Dorothy Gwajima said 29 people had been killed in the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.