Ghana is undertaking a feasibility study with the help of Germany for the manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines in the country.
The German Ambassador to Ghana, Christoph Retzlaff, broke the news in a social media post
Tweeting on Monday, April 12, 2021, he said leading German pharmaceutical companies will also be on hand to cooperate.
“Germany is supporting Ghana to do a feasibility study on vaccine production in Ghana. Leading global German pharmaceutical companies are also starting cooperation projects,” the Ambassador wrote.
The african continent is aiming at reducing vaccine importation by 2040 even though 99% of the vaccines in Africa are imported.
In February, Ghana received its first doses of COVID-19 vaccines, with about 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines arriving in the country.
In a ceremony at the 37 Military hospital, President Nana Addo Danquah and His wife Rebecca Akufo-Addo were the first to receive the covid-19 jab.
More than 500,000 Ghanaians have since been vaccinated against COVID-19, as the vaccination exercise continues at some selected hospitals.
The country is looking at receiving 1 million doses of the Russia Sputnik-v vaccine to help combat covid-19 the Ghana Health Service(GHS) disclosed.
The Director of Public Health at the GHS, Dr. Franklin Asiedu-Bekoe, said the vaccines should arrive soon.
This comes after a presidential advisor on health, Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare, said the government was eyeing the production of vaccines here in Ghana.
Speaking to Accra-based Asaase Radio in February, he said the government wants to turn the crisis created by the pandemic into an opportunity.
“In fact, the president has formed a committee, which I happen to be a member, chaired by Prof Frimpong Boateng, that we have been charged to come out with the production of vaccines in this country for the sub-region,” Dr. Nsiah Asare stated.
“What we want to do is to position Ghana in such a way that we can be a manufacturer of vaccines not only COVID-19 but all other vaccines for the Africa region. This is what we are doing, we have started work and we believe that we will get there.”