Tanzania’s new president announced plans to appoint a panel of experts to advise her on how best to curb the spread of the coronavirus and also to mend relations with international community.
“We cannot isolate ourself as an island,” President Samia Suluhu Hassan told senior government officials in an address televised on state broadcaster TBC1.
“We cannot accept everything from abroad, but we also cannot reject everything.”
Hassan has said her administration’s response to the pandemic will be science-based, and indicated that it may resume publishing infection data.
Hassan also tasked newly appointed Foreign Affairs Minister, Liberata Mulamula to improve Tanzania’s relations with the international community.
Ties with the U.S. and several other nations were strained by Magufuli’s clampdown on civil liberties and his disputed re-election last year.
*We don’t want to go alone,” Hassan told Mulamula.