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The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has debunked claims that a vaccine against the novel coronavirus disease is out.

According to the Service, the World Health Organization (WHO) has not yet authorised any vaccine although many scientists worldwide are making concerted efforts to create a vaccination drug to fight the disease.

Reports have it that there are about 50 vaccines currently being developed in various laboratories across the world.

There are several pictures of supposed COVID-19 vaccines accompanied by voices circulating on social media, particularly WhatsApp, urging the public to keep calm and jubilate because the world has got a vaccine for its arguably, greatest enemy right now.

There is one of the so-called vaccines in the form of tablets, brownish in colour with inscription, “200” supposedly coming from China where the virus emanated, and one which is colourless and fluid in nature.

But the Director-General of GHS, Dr Patrick Aboagye speaking at the Ministry of Information’s press briefing on the COVID-19 situation in the country has dismissed the approval of any such vaccine for use.

“Ever since it started, centres are doing enhanced and fast-track approach to developing a vaccine.

“Ghana like any other country is ready and waiting for such an opportunity to take part and so once there’s an approved vaccine, Ghana will certainly get it,” he said.

He suggested, “this is a global problem [and] so globally they will want everybody to have access to it, stressing that “there is no approved vaccine yet.”


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