The minority in Parliament through its ranking member on health Committee and MP for Juaboso, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh has cautioned government to be serious with the lives of Ghanaians by doing everything possible in securing the COVID-19 vaccines for the people.
Speaking at the Press conference held in Parliament on Sunday 2 May, 2021, Mr Akandoh explained that, Global Alliance for Vaccine Immunization (GAVI) working in partnership with UNICEF provided vaccine aid amounting to Six Hundred Thousand jabs of the Astro zenica COVID-19 vaccines on the 24th of February, 2021 which was a very welcome news for a country like Ghana, that was struggling to secure vaccines at the time when infections and deaths of COVID-19 were rising.
The ranking member on Health Hon Ke said, Ghanaians were informed that the first dose of COVID-19 vaccines would provide a high level of protection for about Eight weeks (8weeks) by which time another another consignment would have arrived to ensure the administering of second jabs for persons who have already received the first jabs of the Vaccine.
Mr Akandoh said, the second consignment of the vaccines were expected to arrive before 28 of April this year, 2021 in order to help sustain the protection for those who have already taken their jabs earlier for the second time but the situation is very different and worrying since as at today 2nd May, not a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine has been brought into the country by government.
He expressed disappointment and worry over government inability to procure a single vaccine for Ghanaians after a budget has been made in this year’s annual national budget for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines.
Mr Kwabena Mintah Akandoh further advised government to Fas track the administration of the Two Hundred Thousand doses of COVID-19 Astro zenica vaccines Ghana is about to receive from the democratic republic of Congo, since UNICEF originally supplied these vaccines to Congo for some time past and would soon reach its expiry date in June this year.
He concluded by asking government to place ban on all flights that comes to Ghana from areas where COVID-19 cases are still on the rise in order not to worsen the daily recorded cases at Ghana Airport.
in an interview with Hon MP for Techiman North, Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare revealed that, President Akufo-Addo and his government has not demonstrated any seriousness and commitment to organize funds for the purchase of the Vaccines but rather playing games with the lives of Ghanaians all in a strategy for waiting to receive another free Vaccines from countries that wishes so, since there is no information on companies, country or manufacturer in the world where government is procuring the expected Vaccines from.