First batch of COVID-19 vaccines expected to arrive in Ghana today
The government has indicated that it had plans to purchase 350,000 doses of the AstraZeneca by the end of February.
Ghana is expected to take delivery of its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines today, February 22, Minister for Information-designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has dislcosed.
“ I have another engagement on our COVID-19 vaccines that are arriving early [Monday] morning.” Mr Oppong Nkrumah said at the Conference and Donor Presentation for the Sustainable Development of Yendi Municipal Hospital on Sunday.
Mr. Oppong Nkrumah had noted earlier that he will be volunteering to publicly take the COVID-19 vaccines alongside other government officials.
The move, he said is to boost the public's confidence in the mass vaccination exercise.
“Some members of the executive will as part of the demystifying process and the public education publicly take their COVID-19 shots,”
“I have volunteered that I will [take the vaccine publicly] and I am aware that other people will do the same,” he said on February 19, at the Public Engagement on COVID-19 Vaccination Roll Out Plan.
Mr. Oppong Nkrumah stressed that it was important to highlight the safety of the vaccination process.
The Food and Drugs Authority has approved the AstraZeneca and Sputnik V vaccines for use in Ghana.
The government has also considered Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
The government has already indicated that it had plans to purchase 350,000 doses of the AstraZeneca by the end of February.
The vaccine rollout has been earmarked for between March and October.