Ghana is to receive one million Sputnik-V vaccines of Russia soon to help in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the Ghana Health Service, the vaccines will arrive in the coming weeks. Ghana is said to be the 5th country in Africa and 31st in the world to approve the emergency use of the vaccine during this pandemic.
Dr. Franklin Asiedu-Bekoe, the Director of Public Health at the Ghana Health Service spoke to Citi News on the arrangements. “Ghana had an initial allocation of 600,000 and largely most of it has been used. We have vaccinated about 500,000 persons. We have received consignment from MTN and the African Union. We had 50,000 from the Indian government. We are hoping to get about a million of Sputnik within the next few weeks.” Dr. Asiedu-Bekoe also said that the COVAX facility has made a commitment to deliver two million vaccines to Ghana.
“Ghana is supposed to get 2.4 million vaccines over the period of time. We were supposed to get a total of 2.4 million from the initial consignment. So we had the 600,000 and the plan is that we are going to get the next two million somewhere in May. There is a global shortage of vaccines which is somehow a challenge, but we are still on course to make sure that we get the vaccines in the next few weeks. So we will have a bit of Sputnik and COVAX vaccines. The timelines are not so rigid. So you get it depending on the availability,” he said.
On March 2,2021, Ghana started its Corona virus vaccination drive with 600,000 AstraZeneca doses from the global COVAX vaccine sharing facility.
According to the Ghana Health Service, Ghana has received over 800,000 vaccines of which 600,000 were from the COVAX facility, 50,000 from the Indian and I65,000 from MTN. About 500,000 people have received their first jab.
The President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has assured that the government is in advanced talks to purchase 42 million vaccines into the country by the end of the year to help fight the Covid-19 pandemic.