Paul Mensah: Ghanaian leads team in US to make COVID-19 vaccine that's 95% effective

Paul Mensah: Ghanaian leads team in US to make COVID-19 vaccine that's 95% effective

- Ghanaian chemical engineer Paul Mensah, resident in the United States, has come up with the Pfizer vaccine that proves to be 95% effective

- Mensah was able to accomplish this with the team of scientists, engineers, and technicians he works with

- He is the vice president of the bioprocess research and development group Pfizer located in Massachusetts, USA

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Paul Mensah, a Ghanaian chemical engineer who resides in the United States, has with support from his team, successfully produced a COVID-19 vaccine that is proven to be 95% effective.

News.stlpublicradio.org reports that Mensah is the vice president of the bioprocess research and development group Pfizer located in St. Louis and Andover in Massachusetts.

The Ghanaian-led Pfizer has been responsible for developing and manufacturing the vaccine’s DNA starting material and the messenger RNA drug substance that ultimately becomes the vaccine.

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Paul Mensah: Ghanaian engineer leads team in US to make COVID-19 vaccine that's 95% effective
Paul Mensah: Ghanaian engineer leads team in US to make COVID-19 vaccine that's 95% effective Credit: news.stlpublicradio.org
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According to Paul Mensah, his work to produce the highly effective COVID-19 vaccine is partly aimed at reassuring the Black communities about its safety.

Mensah revealed in an interview that although he had put in a lot of work together with his team of scientists, engineers, and technicians, the 95% efficiency mark came as a surprise to them.

"I was just ecstatic and relieved. We've had a team of people who have been working nonstop on this product. And when you work on these things, you never know if it's going to work. And we never expected that it would be 95% effective," he said.

Meanwhile, Ghanaian professor Fred McBagonluri took on the project to produce low-cost ventilators for sick coronavirus patients in the country to help with their quick recovery.

The professor made details of the project known on his Facebook handle in a post sighted by YEN.com.gh among a series of related publications.

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Before the coronavirus pandemic, a single ventilator used to cost between $20,000 and $22,000. Now, because of the high demands by governments all over the world, a ventilator now costs between $50,000 and $55,000 more than double its original price.

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