Ghana expecting 12.4 million doses of COVAX vaccine
London, Feb. 28, 2021 (AltAfrica)- Ghana is expecting a total of 12.4 million doses of AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccines COVAX expected to be delivered from India according to the Presidential Adviser on Health, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare
This is after Ghana took delivery of 600,000 of the doses earlier last week, making it the first African country to receive the free COVAX vaccines in tackling the global coronavirus.
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“We are one of the countries in about 92, 92 countries that have joined the COVAX system. the COVAX facility is to provide vaccines to about 98 countries at no cost to the country and we are getting 20% of the vaccines for the country. So, we are expecting about 12.4 million doses of vaccines from COVAX.
“We are working around the clock to ensure that we get the vaccines we need for the population. We are getting 20% from the COVAX facility and the Ghana government is also buying its own vaccines and as the president said the last time, from every source where the vaccine receives emergency use authorization,” he said.
Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare was speaking on the JoyNews channel on its news analysis programme, Newsfile, on Saturday, February 27, 2021
As part of efforts to demystify the fears and conspiracy theories surrounding the Coronavirus vaccines, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will be the first recipient of the recently acquired doses.
Going a step further to increase the public’s trust and to encourage Ghanaians to take the jab of the COVAX vaccine, the president’s vaccine shot will be televised.
Former Deputy Health Minister, Bernard Okoe-Boye made this revelation Saturday morning on Citi TV’s The Big Issue.
According to the former Member of Parliament of Ledzokuku, this has become necessary to ensure that Ghanaians get to know that the AstraZeneca vaccines recently received by the country is safe to use.
He further intimated that the pack from which the president’s dose will be taken on live television to prevent Ghanaians from thinking that the first gentleman of the land will be injected with a different vaccine while the rest of the populace takes another.