The African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) on Tuesday congratulated Tanzania for the measures taken by the East African nation to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
John Nkengasong, Africa CDC director, made the remarks during an interview with Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan at State House in the commercial capital of Dar es Salaam, a statement released by the Presidential Communications Directorate said.
According to the statement, Nkengasong pledged Africa CDC’s support to Tanzania in the fight against the pandemic which has caused devastating consequences across the world.
The praise came ahead of President Hassan’s official launch of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign on Wednesday.
Nkengasong, a Cameroonian virologist, said that Africa CDC, in collaboration with the African Union, will ensure that enough vaccines are secure for distribution and vaccination in the African region, including Tanzania, promising that Africa CDC will cooperate with Tanzania in building laboratory capacity to make it possible 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 had formed a special committee of experts that coordinates issues related to the pandemic, stressing that the committee is ready to work with Africa CDC.