- The pandemic which was first reported in China has disrupted a lot of things, leading to many deaths
- It has also led to the institution of internal lockdowns and closure of borders
- Authorities in Ghana are looking forward to the arrival of the vaccines
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Information Minister-designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has stated that Ghana will take delivery of its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines today, Monday, February 22, 2021.
He reportedly made the disclosure over the weekend at the Conference and Donor Presentation for the Sustainable Development of the Yendi Municipal Hospital.
Ghana was earmarked as one of the 145 countries of the UN-led COVAX Facility to take delivery of 2.4 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine which is licensed to the Serum Institute of India (AZ/SII).
The vaccine is expected to be administered to persons in key sectors such as health workers in the first quarter.
In a related development, YEN.com.gh earlier reported that Ghana also signed on to a consignment of the Russian Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine.
In a report by Reuters News Agency, this emergency authorization was captured in a press statement by the Russian Government which states the Ghana government had “granted an emergency authorization” of the vaccine.
The government of Ghana is spending over 200 million dollars to procure the vaccines, according to the Ghana Health Service (GHS).
Meanwhile, a herbal medicine, Cryptolepis sanguinolenta, was approved for a clinical trial in Ghana for the treatment of COVID-19.
Known locally as ‘Nibima’, Cryptolepis sanguinolenta's approval for the trial was announced on Monday, February 1, 2021, by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).
The herbal medicine developed by the School of Public Health at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) was submitted to the FDA for the clinical trial in September 2020 and approval was granted in January 2021.
Ghana has had 80,253 cases of the virus and 577 deaths.
The country currently has 6,658 active cases of infection, according to the latest update from the Ghana Health Service.
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