Tanzania President deems COVID-19 test kits faulty after random animal testing

Tanzania has raised issues over the faulty test kits and it have been dismissed by President John Magufuli on grounds of “technical error”.

The import details of the COVID-19 kits have not been revealed by the government of Tanzania. During an event in Chato in the north west of Tanzania, President John Magufuli just said that the kits have been imported from abroad.

The COVID-19 test kits had returned positive results on samples taken from a goat and a pawpaw when the President had instructed Tanzanian security forces to check the quality of the kits. The Tanzanian security forces randomly obtained several non-human samples, including from a pawpaw, a goat and a sheep, but had assigned them human names and ages.

The samples were later submitted to Tanzania’s laboratory to test for the coronavirus, with the lab technicians left deliberately unaware of their origins. The samples showed positive responses.

President John Magufuli, “There is something happening. I said before we should not accept that every aid is meant to be good for this nation”.

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