Tanzania’s new president said she plans to form a committee of experts to evaluate the nation’s COVID-19 response, suggesting a shift from the government’s adamant denial of the disease’s presence in the country.

“We cannot isolate ourself as an island,” President Samia Suluhu Hassan said, adding that the country “cannot accept everything from abroad, but we also cannot reject everything.”

Why this matters: Hassan took office last month after the death of John Magufuli, her predecessor, following a year of denial about COVID-19’s presence in the country and scoffing at mask-wearing and other public health measures. There is suspicion that Magufuli died from COVID-19…more