Ghana on Wednesday, February 24, will receive the first batch of the Corovirus vaccines at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra.
In a press statement, the Information ministry revealed that the Minister-Designate for Health, Kwaku Agyeman Manu will lead the government delegation to receive the vaccines at 7:00 am.
The ceremony, according to the communique will be televised live on Ghana Television (GTV) and also on the Ministry of Information’s Facebook page, the statement read.
This is the first batch of vaccines Ghana is expected to take out of a total of 2.4 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine licensed to the Serum Institute of India (AZ/SII).
The country is among 145 countries listed to receive vaccines from a number of suppliers through the COVAX Facility according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
This comes few hours after the General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Dr Justice Yankson urged the public to cooperate with the government in the administration of Covid-19 vaccines when they arrive in the country.
According to him, Ghanaians should not be concerned about the safety of Covid-19 vaccines as they have been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).
“I believe that the general public should cooperate with the efforts of the scientists, government, the Ghana Health Service, World Health Organization (WHO) and others who are all doing their best working in good faith to try to solve this problem,” he stated.
Also the Information Minister-designate at a public engagement on Covid vaccination noted that government officials will publicly take doses of the Covid-19 vaccines before the mass vaccination exercise.
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah explained that this is to help demystify the public apprehension about the vaccines.
The Ghana Health Service (GHS) will, in March, begin the mass vaccination exercise with Covid-19 vaccines for selected segments of the population.