The government has taken the necessary steps to procure vaccines to help stave off and possibly end the incessant spread of the Coronavirus disease.
This has become necessary following the sudden surge in infection in most recent times.
Speaking at this year’s edition of the Annual New Year School at the Great Hall of the University of Ghana, in Accra, President Akufo-Addo explained that ‘the recent upsurge in the cases of Covid-19 infection tells us that the virus is very much with us’
He said “the committee formed by the government to recommend the appropriate decision on COVID-19 vaccines has completed its work, enabling government to begin discussions with vaccine manufacturing companies with a goal of ordering suitable doses of the vaccine for use in Ghana.”
That, he however cautioned, “We cannot afford to abandon the enhanced hygiene and safety protocols that ensure that we are faring much better than many other countries including some well-advanced and developed countries.”
He said, “if we do not adhere to these protocols, all the work that is being undertaken to build Ghana in the face of the global health crisis will fail.”
According to the President, the pandemic has pointed out clearly the need for self-reliance in all areas and economic life, this he said is ‘the key that we also break the cycle of dependence on foreigners in the fields of science and medicine as well.’
It is not beyond our scientists and pharmaceutical companies whose knowledge and expertise cannot be questioned to produce an indigenous Ghanaian vaccine to combat the virus;” insisting “they must be up and doing.
we have already put in place measures to protect the most vulnerable in society from economic effects from the virus and will continue to act proactively to protect the citizenry from the ravages of the pandemic.
We are determined to see us through this crisis and all the challenges that it has brought in its wake.
He, therefore, considered the theme for this year’s Annual New Year School, ‘Building Ghana in the face of global health crisis’, essential to raise, discuss, and deliberate, and to find answers to important questions related not only to the COVID-19 pandemic but also to other health and social crisis.
By: Edwin Abanga