Ghana has taken delivery of some 600,000 doses COVID-19 vaccine. The country is one of the 145 countries of the UN-led COVAX Facility earmarked to take delivery of 2.4 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine licensed to the Serum Institute of India (AZ/SII).
Over 200 million dollars is being spent to procure the vaccines, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) revealed.
The vaccines arrived at the Kotoka International Airport on the morning of Monday, February 22, 2021, on an Emirates Airlines cargo, EK787.
It was received by a delegation led by Ghana’s Health Minister to designate, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu. The COVID-19 vaccination is expected to begin on March 2, 2021, and it will be in phases with health workers, adults 60 years and over, and people with underlying health conditions, frontline being among the first recipients of it.
President Nana Akufo-Addo’s advisor on health, Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare, said no Ghanaian would pay a dime before taking the COVID-19 vaccine. “It is free to the ordinary citizen,” he stated in an interview on Accra-based Asaase Radio on Monday, February 22, 2021.
Dr. Nsiah Asare said the country was supposed to get about 20% of those vaccines which are about six million.
He further noted that the country is getting vaccines from bilateral organisations as well as the private sector which agreed to give vaccines for the corporate organisations, “but they will also give the government the same amount of vaccines.