Ghana to receive first batch of Covid-19 vaccines Wednesday

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Ghana is set to receive the first batch of the Covid-19 vaccines at the Kotoka International Airport on Wednesday, February 24.

A statement from the information ministry said the the Minister-designate for Health, Kwaku Agyeman Manu will lead the government delegation to receive the vaccines at 07:00hours GMT.

The ceremony, according to the statement, will be televised live on Ghana Television (GTV) and also on the Ministry of Information Facebook page.

This first batch of vaccines forms part of the 2.4 million doses Ghana is expected to receive from the COVAX facility, and they are AstraZeneca vaccines coming from the Serum Institute of India (AZ/SII).

The country is among 145 countries listed to receive vaccines from a number of suppliers through the COVAX facility according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

This comes few hours after the General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Dr. Justice Yankson urged the public to cooperate with the government in the administration of Covid-19 vaccines when they arrive in the country.

According to him, Ghanaians should not be concerned about the safety of Covid-19 vaccines as they have been approved by WHO.

“I believe that the general public should cooperate with the efforts of the scientists, government, the Ghana Health Service, World Health Organization (WHO) and others who are all doing their best working in good faith to try to solve this problem,” he stated.

Also the Information Minister-designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, at a public engagement on Covid-19 vaccination, noted that government officials will publicly take doses of the Covid-19 vaccines before the mass vaccination exercise.

He explained that this is to help defuse public apprehension about the vaccines.

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) will, in March, begin the mass vaccination exercise against Covid-19 for selected segments of the population.

Presidential Advisor on Health, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare has said the vaccination will be free for all Ghanaians.

Meanwhile, Noguchi Memorial Institute has also admitted the vaccines would have some side effective, but it will last for only two days.

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