Ghana is working on developing her COVID-19 vaccine - FDA CEO discloses

Ghana is working on developing her COVID-19 vaccine - FDA CEO discloses

- FDA’s CEO has said that work is far advanced towards a locally manufactured COVID-19 vaccine

- She said also that the government of Ghana has a strategy for the establishment vaccine manufacturing plant

- Meanwhile, the country has taken delivery of some 600,000 COVID-19 through the UN-le COVAX initiative

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The Chief Executive Officer of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Delese Mimi Darko said Ghana is on the verge of manufacturing her own COVID-19 vaccine.

The country has so far recorded over 80,000 cases of the deadly coronavirus with over 500 deaths.

Ghana is working on developing her COVID-19 vaccine - FDA CEO discloses
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Speaking on Accra-based Asaase FM on Thursday, February 25, 2021, Darko said a committee had been engaged to look at “researching into our own vaccine.”

"And we are looking to fully establish a vaccine manufacturing plant in Ghana,” she added.

Ghana on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, as part of the UN-led COVAX Facility took delivery of some 600,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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The doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine licensed to the Serum Institute of India (AZ/SII) arrived at the Kotoka International Airport on an Emirates Airlines cargo, EK787.

The government of Ghana aims at vaccinating some 20 million Ghanaians with President Nana Akufo-Addo being the first to be vaccinated.

The FDA had already approved the clinical trial of herbal medicine, Cryptolepis sanguinolenta, for the treatment of COVID-19.

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.

At least four more persons have died of COVID-19 pushing Ghana’s death toll to 588, the latest figures from the Ghana Health Service (GHS) revealed.

Meanwhile, the country’s active cases now stand at 6,404 after 428 new coronavirus cases were confirmed.

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According to the Ghana Health Service (GHS), the country’s total confirmed cases increased to 81,673 out of which 74, 681 have recovered.

Breakdown of regional cases:

Greater Accra Region – 46,587

Ashanti Region – 14,195

Western Region – 4,981

Eastern Region – 3,613

Central Region – 2,870

Volta Region – 1,652

Northern Region – 1,131

Bono East Region – 1,099

Upper East Region – 1,093

Bono Region – 958

Western North Region – 797

Ahafo Region – 663

Upper West Region – 377

Oti Region – 272

North East Region – 98

Savannah Region – 72

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