September 18, 2021

Coronavirus live news: Tokyo cases hit all-time high; Tanzanian president gets jabbed after predecessor’s death

Tokyo reports 3,177 new cases; Samia Suluhu Hassan vaccinated after John Magufuli, who heavily played...

Tokyo reports 3,177 new cases; Samia Suluhu Hassan vaccinated after John Magufuli, who heavily played down pandemic, died of Covid in March

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3.39pm BST

Tanzania’s new president has begun its vaccination campaign in a major breakthrough for the country after his predecessor had recommended that the public use prayer to defeat the virus instead.

Associated Press reports:

The East African country’s government under former President John Magufuli had long worried African health officials by denying the pandemic. Magufuli, who insisted the coronavirus could be defeated with prayer, died in March. The presidency went to his deputy, Samia Suluhu Hassan, who has since changed Tanzania’s course on COVID-19.

Hassan, who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, expressed confidence in the safety of vaccines and said the country of more than 58 million people will pursue more. The United States on Saturday announced the delivery of more than 1 million doses via the COVAX global initiative aimed at supplying low- and middle-income countries.

2.59pm BST

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Protection spoke on Wednesday about evidence that vaccinated people can spread the Covid-19 Delta variant to others, after the nation’s top health agency expanded on its new guidance that fully vaccinated Americans wear masks indoors in certain places, my colleagues Adam Gabbatt, Martin Pengelly and Maya Yang report.

Rochelle Walensky said “new science” observed in recent days demonstrated that new variants of the coronavirus were transmissible by people who have been fully vaccinated in some cases. “With prior variants, when people had these rare breakthrough infections, we didn’t see the capacity of them to spread the virus to others,” Walensky told CNN.

Related: CDC director: new mask guidance based on vaccinated spreading Delta variant

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