- Ghana has partially vaccinated over 700,000 people
- The president, his vice, and their spouses were the first people to take the COVID-19 vaccine jab in the country
- The country also signed an agreement with the Russian government for more vaccine
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Ghana has partially vaccinated 742,349 people since taking its first delivery of the vaccine on February 22, 2021, under the United Nation-led COVAX facility.
Even before the arrival of the AstraZeneca vaccine licensed to the Serum Institute of India (AZ/SII) in the country, there had been and still, there are expressions of doubts about the efficacy of the vaccine.
Others also joined conspiracy theorists who believe the vaccine had been created to “wipe out the African race and that it changes one’s DNA."
These sentiments have emerged to be false.
Bloomberg’s Global Vaccine Tracker reports that more than 814 million doses have been administered across 152 countries. The latest rate was roughly 18.3 million doses a day.
Mark Lynas, a visiting fellow at Cornell University’s Alliance for Science group dismissed the claims that the vaccine could genetically alter an organism
“Genetic modification would involve the deliberate insertion of foreign DNA into the nucleus of a human cell, and vaccines simply don’t do that. Vaccines work by training the immune system to recognise a pathogen when it attempts to infect the body – this is mostly done by the injection of viral antigens or weakened live viruses that stimulate an immune response through the production of antibodies.” he said told Reuters
He added: “It’s just a myth, one often spread intentionally by anti-vaccination activists to deliberately generate confusion and mistrust”.
In other news, Former President John Dramani Mahama has made a Ghs10,000 cash donation to the family of the 10-year-old boy murdered in Kasoa for rituals.
Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang made the donation on behalf of the former president when she visited the family of Ishmael Mensah on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, to commiserate with them.
The Ofaakor District Magistrate Court remanded into police custody the two teenagers who allegedly killed Mensah.
Felix Nyarko, 15, and Nicholas King, 18 on Saturday, April 3, reportedly lured and killed the 10-year-old.
Their remand was to allow the police to conduct more investigations into the matter.
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