COVID-19 vaccines expected in Ghana by end of the week

Manager of the Expanded Programme on Immunization of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Kwame Amponsa-Achiano, says Ghana will take stock of the COVID-19 vaccines by the close of this week.

He attributed the delay to documentation and requests by different countries. Dr. Amponsa –Achiano said the expected vaccines will come from the COVAX facility.

He said, COVAX is supplying the vaccines to 20% of the population free of charge while Ghana takes up the rest of the bill. He explained that the distribution of the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines will primarily focus on a “segmented population”.

They include persons with underlying conditions and health workers because they are at a higher risk of either contracting the virus or succumbing to it.

Government officials will also have access to the first doses of the vaccines to boost public confidence.

The Food and Drugs Authority has approved the AstraZeneca and Sputnik V vaccines for use in Ghana. Government has also considered Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. The vaccination target is 20 million persons.

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