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Ghana to receive first batch of COVID vaccines today

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Ghana is anticipated to receive its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines later on today, the Minister for Information-designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said.

In brief comments at the Conference and Donor Presentation for the Sustainable Development of Yendi Municipal Hospital on Sunday, he said he was at the programme “though I have another engagement on our COVID-19 vaccines that are arriving early [Monday] morning.”

The Food and Drugs Authority has approved the AstraZeneca and Sputnik V vaccines for use in the country.

The government has also considered Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

The government has mentioned that it had plans to buy 350,000 doses of the AstraZeneca by the end of February.

The injection rollout has been earmarked for between March and October.

Mr. Oppong Nkrumah previously stated that some government officials will be taking the vaccine publicly as a means of instilling confidence in the process.

There will additionally be public sensitisation campaigns by the Local Government Service, Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service, National Commission for Civic Education as well as Information Services Division to educate the public on the vaccination.

Source: Ghana Waves

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