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Nsiah Asare: Ghana to receive 300,000 Sputnik vaccines 15 May

The Sputnik V consignment forms part of the 1.5 million vaccines announced by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on May Day

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  • "What I will say is that all those who received the first jab in the first 10 days of March, will receive their second dose from the 350,000 dose which is in the country now… the others will receive theirs later... and hopefully, we are certain that getting to the third week of May we will get vaccines to give to the rest."

Ghana is expected to receive some 300,000 Russian Sputnik COVID-19 vaccines on 15 May to boost the country’s mass immunisation drive against the deadly virus.

The facility forms part of the 1.5 million Sputnik vaccines announced by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, during this year’s May Day celebration in Accra.

Speaking with Nana Yaa Mensah on The Asaase Breakfast Show on Tuesday 11 May, the Presidential Advisor on Health, Dr Nsiah Asare, said an additional 700,000 Sputnik V vaccines will be delivered later.

“What I know is that 300,000 of it will come anytime very soon. I am sure by 15 May, the president announced, and another 700,000 will also follow up and there are also plans to bring in even for about 15 million people,” Dr Asare said.

He added: “So our best bet is on the Sputnik V, apart from that, from the third quarter of this year, that is from July, Johnson and Johnson will start supplying to the African medicine platform, which Ghana can also procure from.”

Dr Asare said the government will procure multiple vaccines as it hopes to vaccinate about 20 million Ghanaians by the end of the year.

“We are going for multiple vaccines so that we will not be found wanting and including even Pfizer and Moderna because we are trying to improve on our cold chain system.”

The presidential advisor on health also assured all those who have already taken their first jab will be vaccinated from 19 May following the arrival of some 350,000 AstraZeneca vaccines into the country last Friday.

“What I will say is that all those who received the first jab in the first 10 days of March, will receive their second dose from the 350,000 dose which is in the country now… the others will receive theirs later… and hopefully, we are certain that getting to the third week of May we will get vaccines to give to the rest,” Dr Asare added.

Fred Dzakpata

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