Ghana on Wednesday, February 24, became the first country in West Africa to received the first consignment of vaccines acquired through the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX).
The 600, 000 doses received from COVAX, with additional 165, 000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines donated by MTN, have already been given out.
Good tidings, one is wont to say, while we commend the government for this move, we have taken notice of a press release from the Ministry of Health on Monday, April 5, announcing that, government has secured 3.4 million doses of the Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine.
However, as Ghanaians await the vaccine with bated breath, it is our view that some questions are salient and pertinent.
The announcement has become such that, it ought to worry those who were fortunate to receive the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine.
Those who received their first dose are expecting to receive the second dose, which as it stands now, the vaccines are not coming in anytime soon, rather the government is to take delivery of Sputnik V.
Delivering the State of the Nation Address on Tuesday, March 9, President Akufo-Addo told Ghanaians that "a total of 262,335 Ghanaians had received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccines at 10:30 am on March 9" adding Ghana will take delivery of 17.6 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines by June 2021, with more to come later in the year.
This newspaper is disheartened that the government, finds it novel to play politics with this shattering pandemic.
It is sad to say the least that, the Sputnik V, we are expecting at the end of the month, is an initiative between the government and a private individual.
A press release from the health ministry said, "The supply of the vaccine is part of an arrangement between government and the Private Office of Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum, a member of the Royal Family of the United Arab Emirates."
We call on the authourities task with ensuring that, the promise to vaccinate all Ghanaians by the end of the year, to shun cheap talk and be more sincere to the citizenry, so we can brace for any impact.