Crypto-lovers and anti-vax group seeks community of like-minded talent for settling in African ‘paradise’
At a crucial hour for the human race, when the COVID-19 pandemic is surging and taking more dangerous forms, a group of people who claim to be “anti-vaccine” or “anti-vax” have reportedly been looking for a crypto expert to join their team in Africa.
According to a report from multimedia news organization Vice, the group of anti-vaxxers is seeking to build a “community” located off the southeastern coast of Africa.
In addition, they would be hiring television presenters, private chefs and crypto experts, affiliated with the company Liberty Places. The company behind this group of anti-vaccination is a self-proclaimed real estate firm that is based out of the archipelago of Zanzibar.
Liberty Places had previously posted on social media regarding its upcoming plans of using “the latest technologies”, including “blockchain and solar energy”. It also expressed criticism against the use of masks to fight the pandemic.
Vice has reported that the group was all praises for Zanzibar for not implementing “mask mandates”, or social distancing measures as such, including not imposing lockdowns or “enforcing any requirement for mandatory vaccines”, hence describing the African island as “free from meddling bureaucracy.”
These comments have surfaced at a time when the 7-day average number of new cases of the deadly COVID-19 had reached more than 3 million, while several public health officials and lawmakers are continuously giving calls for the strict observation of social distancing, face masks and getting vaccinated wherever possible.
Many countries around the globe are have still closed to short-term visitors, while others that aren’t are requiring a combination of proof of vaccination, quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test.
For visitors coming from the United States, Tanzania stands out for allowing tourists to enter with only a negative test and no mandatory quarantining or vaccination requirement. Although there is inconsistent data on the figure of new COVID-19 infection cases, yet the limited size of Zanzibar actually makes it unlikely to accommodate millions of anti-vaxxers hence making locals concerned about the virus.
The central bank of Tanzania had banned crypto in November 2019, but it has been exploring overturning its decision currently, after comments from its President Samia Suluhu Hassan in June 2021 that urged the central bank to prepare for Bitcoin (BTC) and digital assets.
The country has also been planning to introduce a digital shilling after its neighbouring countries have announced initiatives of introducing CBDCs.