- 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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President Nana Akufo-Addo’s advisor on health, Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare, has said no Ghanaian will pay a dime before taking the COVID-19 vaccine.
“It is free to the ordinary citizen,” he stated in an interview monitored by YEN.com.gh on Accra-based Asaase Radio on Monday, February 22, 2021.
“Any Ghanaian who is going for the vaccine will not pay anything for it,” he added.
Ghana is expecting the first batch of the COVID-19 vaccines in the country today, February 22.
The country is one of the 145 countries of the UN-led COVAX Facility earmarked to take delivery of 2.4 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine licensed to the Serum Institute of India (AZ/SII).
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Over 200 million dollars is being spent to procure the vaccines, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) revealed.
Dr. Nsiah Asare said the country was supposed to get about 20% of those vaccines which are about six million.
He further noted that the country is getting vaccines from bilateral organisations as well as the private sector which agreed to give vaccines for the corporate organisations, “but they will also give the government the same amount of vaccines.”
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that Ghana signed on to a consignment of the Russian Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine.
This emergency authorization was captured in a press statement by the Russian Government which states Ghana government had “granted an emergency authorization” of the vaccine, Reuters News Agency reported.
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.
Below is the cumulative Cases per Region
(Case Count from Highest to Lowest)
Greater Accra Region – 46,189
Ashanti Region – 14,046
Western Region – 4,742
Eastern Region – 3,525
Central Region – 2,783
Volta Region – 1,559
Bono East Region – 1,081
Upper East Region – 994
Northern Region – 970
Bono Region – 924
Western North Region – 797
Ahafo Region – 660
Upper West Region – 357
Oti Region – 272
North East Region – 79
Savannah Region – 72
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Source: Yen Newspaper