Germany has begun supporting Ghana to do a feasibility study on the production of COVID-19 vaccines in Ghana. The German Ambassador to Ghana, Christoph Retzlaff, revealed this in a social media post. Leading German pharmaceutical firms will also be on hand to collaborate, he tweeted on Monday, April 12, 2021.
“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.
Vaccines are shipped to Africa in large quantities, with the continent planning to significantly reduce vaccine imports by 2040. Ghana received its first doses of COVID-19 vaccines in February, with approximately 600,000 doses from AstraZeneca arriving in the region.
During a brief ceremony at the 37 Military Hospital, the President and First Lady were the first to receive the injection.More than 500,000 Ghanaians have been vaccinated against COVID-19 since then, with vaccinations only being administered at a few hospitals.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has announced that one million doses of Russia’s Sputnik-V vaccine will be sent to the country soon to aid in the fight against COVID-19.
Dr. Franklin Asiedu-Bekoe, the GHS’s Director of Public Health, said the vaccines could arrive soon.
This comes after Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare, a presidential health advisor, said the government was looking into producing vaccines in Ghana. In an interview with Asaase Radio in Accra in February, he said that the government wants to transform the pandemic’s crisis 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.”