The government of President Akufo Addo is targeting about 20 million Ghanaians for vaccination against the deadly covid-19 pandemic before the year 2021 comes to end in ten months time.
The Presidential Advisor on Health, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare who made this known Wednesday, February 24, 2021 says it is the president’s vision to get 60 percent of Ghanaians who live in the country and suppose to be vaccinated; get the vaccination before 2022.
Dr. Asare also noted that for the 20 million target to be materialized within the time frame, a total of about 40 million doses of covid-19 vaccines would be required.
“If you remember, His Excellency the President said that his target or the target for the country and for that matter all African countries; is to make sure that we try to immunize or vaccinate about 60 percent of the population and above.”
“The president’s vision is to let every Ghanaian living in Ghana who is suppose to have the vaccine; have the vaccine. But our target to the end of the year is about 20 million people which means we need about 40 million doses,” he indicated on the ‘Point of View’ program on Citi TV which GhanaVanguard.com monitored closely.
Meanwhile the government has already taken delivery of 600,000 doses of the Serum Institute of India-made AstraZeneca vaccine from COVAX, with another 12 million more of the doses expected in the country.
Distribution to health facilities and the use of the received doses is expected to commence on March 2, 2021 and President Akufo Addo is said to be the first person that will get the vaccine shot.