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Tanzania wants EU to support setting up Covid-19 vaccine plant

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Tanzania wants EU to support setting up Covid-19 vaccine plant

Brussels, Fen 16 (Prensa Latina) Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan has asked in this capital the European Union (UE) for support to set up a plant to produce Covid-19 vaccines.
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The African country wants to make the vaccines to reduce the cost of their importation, estimated at 93 million dollars until 2030, and for this purpose considered the possibility of the EU financing the plan.

Suluhu Hassan is in Brussels to participate in the EU-Africa Summit, that will be held tomorrow and on Friday in Brussels.

The country wants to become in one of the main exporters of the vaccines in eastern and southern Africa.

“Tanzania wishes to submit a proposal in this regard, and I hope the idea will become a fruitful project. I am confident that this plan, when implemented, will open new ways to deepen our ties”, Susulu said during her meeting with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel.

A statement today by the Presidency’s Director of Communications, Zuhura Yunus, said that Tanzania has received some 2,3 billion euros in development aid from the EU since 1975.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the country has reported 33,500 cases of which 796 have died. The most recent data on immunization show that only the 2,9 % of its population (1,9 million) received the complete scheme with some of the Covid-19 vaccines.

As part of her meeting with Michel, the Tanzanian head of State fostered her support for Burundi to lift the economic sanctions imposed on her neighbor six years ago.

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