Health Minister justifies procurement of ‘overpriced’ Sputnik V

Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu

The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu has justified the government’s decision to procure Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccines at a price which is almost twice its ex-factory price.  

According to the minister, the government did its best but that all attempts to procure the vaccines at the ex-factory price of $10 per dose failed, leaving them with no option that to settle on a deal of $19 per dose for 3.4 million doses.

Mr. Agyemang-Manu said even at that price it is still difficult to get the vaccines as some deadlines agreed upon with the supplier have already been missed.

He explained several engagements were made, and that some letters of credit were expected to be issued.

His comments follow internal pressure on government over its decision to use intermediaries to secure over 3.4 million Sputnik- V vaccines.


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