COVID Vaccines: Government of Ghana overpromised the people – Awandare

Ghana was the first country to receive the vaccines on Thursday, February 24 at the Kotoka International Airport, Accra

Professor at the University of Ghana, and Director of the West African Center for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens, Gordon Akanzuwine Awandare, has said the government of Ghana gave a 100% assurance to Ghanaians that they were going to be vaccinated against the coronavirus virus when the production of the vaccines is not in its control.

Prof Awandare noted that at the moment, Ghana will have to wait until the  United Kingdom and the United States have all vaccinated their citizens then, the West African country can go and negotiate for the leftover vaccines for its people.

He told Abena Tabi, host of the Key Points on TV3 Saturday May 1 that several Ghanaians who received the first dose of the COVID vaccines are concerned about when they will receive the second dose.

This concern, he said, is genuine because of the assurance given to them by local authorities that they were all going to be vaccinated.

“I see that a lot of people are angry and worried and all that. Yes, you have the right to be worried because maybe the mistake from our authorities was that they over-promised when they knew that this was not within their power to deliver on time.

“We should have been more cautious and realistic with the people. Some of us were saying that let us think about July, August and let us promise the people that you will get vaccines beyond July and August.

“When the UK is fully vaccinated, when the US is fully vaccinated then we can negotiate for left over vaccines but at this point you cannot guarantee the arrival  of any vaccine  in any sufficient quantities from  anywhere,” Prof Awandaree said.

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He added “I have not seen any evidence that we have a concrete assurance that millions of vaccines will arrive anytime soon.

“So I think we have to be realistic that maybe, we were overpromised but the reality is that this is beyond the control of any  African government because they don’t have the capacity to make vaccines and they are relying on others  to be generous.”

In February this year, Six hundred thousand of the first doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the UN-partnered COVAX initiative arrived in Ghana.

It is unclear when the next doses will arrive into the country.

By Laud Nartey||Ghana