Following the introduction of COVID-19 vaccines in the world, President Akufo-Addo declared that the government has created a committee with the express intention of ensuring the country develop its own vaccines.
In a Sunday address to the nation, President Addo confirmed that he wants to clarify his stance on the country developing its own vaccinations as part of efforts to stop the virus’ spread.
Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the former Minister of Ecology, Research, Technology, and Innovation, was appointed chairperson of the newly created committee by the President.
“I want to restate my strong conviction that we can produce vaccines in Ghana. To that end, a Committee has been created under the chairmanship of Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the former Minister for Ecology, Research, Technology and Innovation and a world-renowned scientist, to create a clear plan of action for vaccine production and manufacturing,” the President added.
Ghana issued the first batch of the newly produced AstraZeneca vaccines on February 24, 2021, according to the release.
The vaccinations that are actually licensed make up 600,000 doses of the 17 million doses that the government aims to procure by the first half of the year.
President Akufo-Addo, speaking in his 24th address to the nation regarding the government’s attempts to tackle the danger faced by the novel coronavirus, cautioned all to continue to obey the covid-19 guidelines set out by his administration.
He emphasized that the vaccination would not excuse violating the Ghana Health Service’s safety protocols.
“We can’t afford to relax our diligence. Let us try to wash our hands under running water, preserve social distance, stop shaking hands and kissing, and, above all, wear our masks.”