UNICEF And Ghana’s Covid-19 Vaccine Bandwagon


Since the first vaccine was given approval and declared safe for use, Ghana like many other countries have pledged, the readiness of the government to make vaccines available to its citizens.

Press conference upon press conference has been held, with timelines as to the negotiations that have gone on, and the number of doses that the country has ordered and is to take delivery of.

Instructively, the only vaccine that was made available is the AstraZeneca, which was gifted to Ghana as part of 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, is the only vaccines that, have so far been administer.

We recall that a fortnight ago, the government had stated through a press release by the Ministry of Health that Ghana has secured 3.4 million doses of the Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine, which will be available by the end of this month or early next month.

According to the press release issued on April 5, "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."

The latest organization to come to the aid of the country is the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

UNICEF will take 1.3 million doses from the Democratic Republic of Congo's delivery of 1.7 million Covid-19 vaccines and redistribute them to other African countries.

Speaking at the Africa Vaccine Week celebration in Accra, Susie Villeneuve, UNICEF's Regional Adviser for Health Systems Strengthening indicated that the said redistribution of the vaccine doses is owing to their expiration on June 24.

Ghana as a sovereign state is yet to acquire any vaccine on its own, despite all the monies raised in the effort to combat Covid-19.

In our considered opinion, more than pronouncements are needed, if the country is going to fight the pandemic head on, as fears are entertained about the third wave of the virus.

This paper also enjoins officials to eschew lies and timelines they know can't be met, they should be consistent and focused in the efforts to ensure that majority of Ghanaians are vaccinated before the end of the year.

As a country, we are yet to take delivery of vaccines acquired by the government; the situation is a sad spectacle on the state of affairs.

We can't successfully fight the pandemic, relying solely on the generosity of organization and our bi-lateral partners.

Source: theheraldghana.com