Ghana receives first consignment of Covid-19 vaccines

The first batch of coronavirus vaccines will arrive at the Kotoka International Airport today, Wednesday, February 24, government has confirmed.

The consignment was expected in last Monday but there were delays with the dispatch due to documentation and requests from different countries.

The Minister-designate for Health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, is expected to lead government’s delegation to receive the vaccines.

The vaccines will be Russia’s Sputnik V and they were approved for emergency use.

Ghana will thus become the 31st country in the world and the fifth in Africa – after Algeria, Guinea, Tunisia and Gabon – to take delivery of the vaccines.

The country’s Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has also given emergency authorisation for the use of Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines as well.

AstraZeneca and Sputnik V are based on a modified version of a common cold virus that is altered to carry genetic instructions for making the coronavirus spike protein and cause an immune response to protect against Covid-19.

A nationwide vaccination exercise is expected to be rolled out in March with 20 per cent of the population expected to be vaccinated.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

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