Experience and Network needed to secure Covid-19 vaccines – Dr Kuma Aboagye

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Dr Kuma Aboagye.

The Director General of Ghana Health Services, Dr Kuma Aboagye has warned that continuing over reliance on free vaccines from donors will not help us get ready access to enough vaccines to meet our target of vaccinating 20m people with the Covid 19 vaccine.
He was speaking on the Good Evening Ghana show on Metro TV on 10th August 2021.
He says the donor countries do not have enough vaccines and have not finished vaccinating their countries to have enough to give to African countries.
He shared efforts being made by Africa Union to procure about 400m doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccines but these quantities will not be readily available soon enough to help us meet our national target.
He shared the readiness level of the country to store any of the vaccines due to the upscaling of our cold chain infrastructure and our ability to vaccinate up to 6m people in four days should we have enough vaccines.
At a time when all the other continents are averaging between 30-50% vaccination rates of their population, Africa has vaccinated only 3.9% of the population.
This is because Africa was over liant on the COVAX program through which GAVI and its donor partners would have made free donations available to Africa. Ghana was given 640,000 Astra Zeneca doses from this program.
Countries like Malta, Saudi Arabia, Argentina and Brazil are in the top 20 league of countries with the highest vaccination rate because they looked beyond the conventional route to start vaccinating with the WHO approved Chinese and Sputnik vaccines supplied through direct government to government and augmented by credible accredited third party sources.
In Africa, Morocco, Tunisia and other North African countries are doing the same and currently having over 35% average vaccination rates for the region.
Unfortunately Ghana lies 16th on the league table with a vaccination rate of 2.8%.
The World Health Organisation(WHO), Centre for Disease Control(CDC) and Ghana Medical Association(GMA) have all warned about the urgent need for vaccination for more people to survive the ongoing 3rd wave being caused by the more deadly delta virus variant of Covid 19 virus.
It is hoped that Mr Agyemang Manu, the Minister of Health can use his experience and network as a member of GAVI to get the country access to vaccines from any credible source to help put Ghana back on the league of countries that are putting priority on vaccinating its people.

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