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June 8th 2021
By: Norvisi Mawunyegah
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo, Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) asked all West African leaders to do all they can to get their citizens vaccinated COVID-19. He indicated that West Africa will be safe if the majority of its citizens are vaccinated. This he addresses at the ECOWAS meeting in Abuja, Nigeria May 27,2021, having a surety of it overcoming the pandemic.
“We must continue to encourage our populations regardless of their sensibilities to respect the protective measures and get vaccinated so we can guarantee a rapid return to normalcy.”
Ghana’s mass vaccination against the coronavirus begun on March 2, 2021, with the deployment of 600,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines which were manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.
In addition to the COVAX support, Ghana received 50,000 AstraZeneca vaccines from the Indian government and 165,000 from MTN.
Ghana has so far vaccinated over a million of its population against the virus, according to the Ghana Health Service (GHS). Currently, there is a second phase vaccination ongoing in the country with 350,000 additional vaccines from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
According to the GHS, it has vaccinated more than 82 percent of its target for the second phase of the vaccination exercise for persons who took the first jab. It is thus confident that it will meet the full target before the exercise ends.