DAR ES SALAAM — Former Tanzania President John Magufuli was perhaps the biggest enemy of the global COVID-19 agenda. He made headlines in May of 2020 when he openly questioned the legitimacy not only of the virus, but the PCR tests used to diagnose it.
President Magufuli secretly sent PCR samples that he had randomly assigned human names and ages to a Tanzanian lab. One test was from a goat. The other was from a paw paw, a fruit.
The goat and the fruit tested positive for COVID-19. The President responded, “something is happening.” He said that aid from foreign countries, including PCR tests, isn’t necessarily good for his country. The President was not basing this on conjecture.
Dr. Kary Mullis, the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who invented PCR, said in the 1990s that his invention is not for diagnosing viruses and other illnesses. Dr. Mullis suddenly died in August of 2019, right before COVID hit. The World Health Organization lowered cycle threshold recommendations for COVID-19 PCR testing in late January. Positive cases have dropped dramatically since the adjustment.Tanzania President John Magufuli dead five weeks after The Guardian calls for “reining him in” – The COVID Blog