President Akufo-Addo says the government is procuring some 18,478,670 vaccines through the COVAX facility, African Medicine Supply Platform, and other bodies to aid in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Addressing the nation on Sunday, July 25, the President noted that these vaccines will arrive in the country in the third quarter of the year.
According to him, the United States of America through the COVAX facility is providing 1,000,000 Pfizer vaccines, the African Union is providing 229,670 Pfizer vaccines while the United Kingdom is giving out 249,000 AstraZeneca vaccines.
“Government is also in the process of procuring seventeen million (17 million) single dose per person Johnson & Johnson vaccines, through the African Medicine Supply Platform, in this quarter,” he added.
He disclosed that the country’s national, regional, and district cold chain facilities have also been upgraded in order to widen access to vaccines like Pfizer and Modena, which require minus seventy degrees Celsius (-70℃) cold chains.
This, the President assured will help to achieve herd immunity to protect citizens from the coronavirus disease.
So far, about 1,271,393 Ghanaians have been inoculated. Out of this figure, 405,971 persons have received both jabs while 865,422 have only received the first dose of vaccines.
The update from President Akufo-Addo comes at a time when the country is seeing a drastic rise in the number of Covid-19 cases reported.
The Ghana Health Service in its last update stated that Ghana now has over 4,000 active cases owing to the total disregard of the safety protocols such as the wearing of facemasks, observing social distancing among others.
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