FDA Makes U-Turn On Covid-19 Vaccine Approval In Ghana

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has warned the general public against patronizing any form of Covid-19 vaccine largely because the authority has not approved any vaccine for use in the country.

According to the authority, some unscrupulous people in the country were taking advantage of misinformation within the media space to sell fake drugs purported to be Covid-19 vaccines to hospitals and other health facilities.

Peddling such information, according to the Food and Drugs Authority contravenes Section 118 of the Public Health Act 2012, Act 851 and constitutes a very serious offense.

The authority in a statement assured the general public that it is committed to protecting the health and safety of consumers and the public at a large.

It further gave the assurance that it ‘monitors social media and online activities pertaining to the products it regulates, anyone, therefore, anyone caught dealing with unregistered COVID-19 vaccine will be sanctioned in accordance with the provisions of Section 129 of Act 851, which includes a fine of up to GHS 180,000 or to a term of imprisonment of up to 25 years or both.

The FDA noted that when a COVID-19 vaccine is approved for use in Ghana, the Ministry of Health will issue a national policy on its use throughout the health sector.’

“We should not wait for the vaccines to come in before we start the education. We must begin now, otherwise, we will receive the vaccines alright, but people will not go in for them.

‘We will only achieve head immunity when we vaccinate at least 70% of our adult population.

‘We are not going to get the vaccines as quickly as is projected. They are expensive. But for now, we need to channel our energies to renewing the minds of the masses,”

 

By: Edwin Abanga

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