The Programme Manager of the Expanded Programme on Immunization of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Kwame Amponsa-Achiano has said that, Ghana will be taking stock of the COVID-19 vaccines by the close of this week. However, the government has made an earlier assurances that the vaccines will arrive on Monday, February 22, 2021, hence, the arrival of the vaccines has delayed due to documentation and various requests by different countries. he added. Dr Amponsah then added that, the vaccine is expected from COVAX facility.
”We have indications that by close of the week, we will get the vaccine, so we are just waiting for the documentation which we are likely to get by close of business today. So from 6 pm thereabout we will be able to tell exactly the date and time of arrival but definitely before the end of the week.”
“We will need an airway bill, batch release certificates, a commercial invoice, packing list and a certificate of analysis. Of course, we will also be needing a purchasing order. That is what we are waiting for,” he said. ”They are coming from India, but this [particular consignment] is from the COVAX facility. The COVAX facility will give us vaccines through the UNICEF conduit and the headquarters for the supply division of UNICEF is in Copenhagen. That is why I made reference to Copenhagen.” concerning payment of the vaccine, Dr. Amponsah then explained that, the COVAX is supplying us vaccines for 20% of our population free of charge. However, Ghana will pay for some of the vaccines.