President Akufo-Addo is expected to meet manufacturers of the Pfizer vaccines with the aim of securing substantial doses for Ghana when he leaves for Germany on Sunday, August 22, 2021.
The Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, said the President is hopeful that the meeting will yield some positive results.
“It is a two-fold meeting. First and foremost; the establishment of the national vaccine institute… and secondly to also help procure more vaccines,” Mr. Arhin said.
Despite a slow start to the vaccine rollout, the government remains committed to vaccinate 20 million Ghanaians by the end of 2021.
“He [President Akufo-Addo is still committed, and I believe we are still on course to making sure that God willing, by the end of this year, we should meet the target of vaccinating 20 million people,” Mr Arhin said.
The Presidential Advisor on Health, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare, has already indicated that Ghana will soon receive the first consignment of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines through the COVAX initiative.
Ghana just finished making use of 177,600 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Before the latest round of vaccinations with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, only 405,971 had received both doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine whilst 865,422 had received one dose.
Ghana is currently contending with 6,425 active cases with the virus from 113,957 since the pandemic began.