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Three presidents died because they refused vaccines for their nations

Jovenel Mose of Haiti.


Haiti is eligible for provision of COVID-19 vaccines through the Covax programme, but roll out has been slow, with Haiti yet to give any doses to residents, and only receiving its first vaccines this week. 

President Mose did not explicitly refuse all of the COVID-19 vaccines, but the country did initially refuse the AstraZeneca vaccine due to safety concerns. 

There have also been administrative and supply difficulties around the arrival of vaccinations in Haiti, and concerns about the logistics of organising the vaccine roll-out. 


Mr. Mose was fatally shot at home on July 7, 2021. Arrests have been made, but there are still many unknown details about the assassination. There is no evidence to suggest that there is a link to the lack of progress made regarding Haiti’s vaccine roll out. 


Tanzania's John Magufuli 


President Magufuli reportedly said that home treatments such as steam inhalation were preferable to "dangerous foreign vaccines," and in February 2021, the country’s health minister said that Tanzania had no plans to accept the COVID-19 vaccines. Mr.


Magufuli’s successor, president Samia Suluhu Hassan, announced that the president’s death in March 2021 was due to heart disease. There is no evidence to suggest that the death was related to Mr. Magufuli’s stance on the COVID-19 vaccines. 


There has been some speculation from Tanzanian opposition leaders and on social media that Mr. Magufuli’s death may have been caused by COVID-19, but this has been discredited. 


Zambia's Kenneth Kaunda 


President Kaunda died of pneumonia at a military hospital in Lusaka in June 2021, aged 97. 

The president did not refuse the COVID-19 vaccines for Zambia. In fact, in March 2021, the Zambian health minister announced plans to vaccinate all over-18s in the country.


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