- President Akufo-Addo has said Ghana has seen a steady decline in daily COVID-19 infections
- He said the 600,000 COVID-19 vaccines delivered to the country have been exhausted
- As a result, he disclosed that 300,000 more will be in next week
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President Akufo-Addo has disclosed that the country is expecting to take the delivery of 300,000 COVID-19 vaccines next week.
The president made the disclosure in his Easter message to Ghanaians on Thursday, April 1, 2021.
He said 600,000 Ghanaians have already been vaccinated under the country’s vaccine campaign to vaccinate 20 million people before the end of the year.
Ghana took delivery of 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine on February 22, 2021, under the United Nations-led COVAX facility.
The AstraZeneca vaccine is licensed to the Serum Institute of India (AZ/SII).
"While the vaccination campaign is going on, the number of active cases which stood at over 7,000 a few weeks ago is on a steady decline, currently at some 1,746.
"Clearly, my fellow Ghanaians, we are by no means out of the woods and so we will have to endure this year another quiet Easter devoid of public gatherings and the merrymaking that characterise the season,” the president stated.
Programmes Manager at the Expanded Programme on Immunisation at the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Kwame Amponsah-Achiano, disclosed that some 1,050 Ghanaians developed side effects after taking the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
Outspoken Ghanaian lawmaker, Kennedy Agyepong described the deployment of free vaccines to the country as troubling.
The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Assin Central said he was prepared to fund Ghana’s purchase of the vaccine to reduce the country’s over-dependence on aid.
“I’m not bragging but I am prepared to give Akufo-Addo one million dollars to procure the vaccines,” he stated on his Net 2 television on Wednesday.
“I don’t like the idea of always going to the developed countries to beg for support as though we cannot do anything for ourselves,” he added.
In other news on YEN.com.gh, the General Overseer of Action Chapel International (ACI), Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams, said it would take faith and common sense for one to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
Despite testing negative 22 times for the deadly contagion, the man of God still went ahead to take the jab.
It will be recalled that Duncan-Williams was spotted wearing two masks at the funeral of the late former President of Ghana, Ft Lt Jerry John Rawlings, at the Black Star Square on January 27, 2021.
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