COVID 19: Ghana to be selected as a vaccine manufacturer in Africa

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The European Union(EU) has said that Ghana stands a chance of being selected as a manufacturer of COVID vaccines in Africa.

During a two day working visit in Brussels, the Vice President of the EU, Valdis Dombrovskis disclosed to the President Don Ghana.

In a statement issued by the Jubilee House on Friday, May 21, 2021, the statement says, “At the meeting with the Vice President of the European Commission, Valdis Dombrovskis, the European Commission indicated the selection of Ghana as a possible manufacturing hub for COVID-19 vaccines in Africa.” The expected selection of the West-African country follows the initiatives already taken by the government of Ghana towards the domestic manufacturing of vaccines.

Two task force teams from the EU and Ghana will meet shortly to discuss modalities towards the realization of the initiative.

It was stated that the move if successful could get support from the European Investment Bank (EIB).

During the President’s 24th Nation address, President Akuffo Addo made it clear that the government has set up a committee to formulate a solid plan for the development and manufacturing of Vaccines. The committee is headed by Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the Former Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation. 

The president said, “I want to reiterate my determination that we should manufacture vaccines here in Ghana. To this end, a committee has been established under the chairmanship of the former Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, the world-renowned scientist, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, which is formulating a concrete plan of action towards vaccine development and manufacturing.”

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