With the second wave of the deadly Coronavirus gathering momentum with its variant forms, some countries already locked down to check its spread.
In Ghana, the upsurge of the Covid-19 cases coupled with the unwillingness of many people to strictly adhere to the safety protocols of the pandemic is raising concerns over a possible partial lockdown as warned by the president.
Meanwhile, with some manufacturers coming out with the vaccines of the disease, the government of Ghana is taking urgent measures to bring in the vaccines in to the country to protect her citizens.
Speaking to Eugenia Asumadu Sekyi on Uniiq FM’s Behind The News program Tuesday, 19 January, 2021, and monitored by Tungsung Radio, Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare, president Nana Addo’s advisor on health, disclosed that the country would soon receive its consignment of the Covid-19 vaccine in to the country.
According to him, the president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, had formed a committee to insure the deployment of the vaccines into the country adding that the aim is to get a vaccine that is efficacious, acceptable, effective and deployable in the country.
“We are working around the clock to make sure that we get the vaccine in to this country sooner. The president as you rightly said, formed a committee to work out how we will be able to deploy Covid-19 vaccine in to this country. We are looking at an efficacious, acceptable, effective and affordable and deployable vaccine in to this country, ” he pledged.
Dr. Nsiah Asare emphasizing further averred that the government wants to procure for its people a vaccine whose safety and effectiveness can be guaranteed and had therefore put in place a committee at the Ghana Health Service a body of experts responsible for the introduction of any vaccine into the country.
“We want to get a vaccine that will be good for the people and safe. Safety and effectiveness is our goal. We already have a committee at GhanaHealth Service called the NationalImmunization Technical AdvisoryGroup, they are a group of scientists, a group of physicians, a group of epidemiologists, a group of physiologists and laboratoryscientists and of representation from Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) who are working when there is the introduction of any vaccine in to this country, ” said the doctor.
Quizzed as to whether the consignment was likely to hit the country by next week as the former Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, was reported to have said by the media, Dr. Nsiah Asare could not confirm or deny the assertion but stated he preferred to maintain that “as soon as possible” the vaccine would come, since there were processes involved such as documentations needed to be followed and the availability of the product by the manufacturer.
Asked if the government had a particular vaccine it wanted to procure, the president’s advisor on health, noted they did not have any one in mind but were only looking at any vaccine that would be “effective, safe, acceptable and deployable” revealing, they may even bring multiple vaccines in to the country if need be.
According to him, all necessary deliberations had already been done and so, they knew who were to receive the vaccine should the first consignment not be enough for all.
He said they were going to make sure they did all the necessary documentation to give to the FDA to determine the safety of the vaccine, how it should be deployed in this country and register it before it is administered to people.
He said the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with other organizations were also set to provide the vaccines to all African countries to cover about a 20% of the population in each country and that the government, after receiving its share, would buy additional vaccines to cater for the rest of the population.
In the last few days, some three prominent figures in the country gave up the ghost through Covid-19 complications sending caution to those who were of the view the virus was no more active hence, paying no heed to the safety protocols.
Source: Tungsung News Room.