Ghana eyes production of COVID 19 vaccines says Dr Nsiah Asare

Dr Anthony Nsiah Asare presidential advisor on health has stated that government has rolled out a road map to build local capacity for the manufacture of vaccines in the country following the outbreak of the COVID 19.

The presidential advisor on health revealed this in an interview with Kojo Mensah on the Asaase Breakfast Show on the need to build local capacity to manufacture vaccines in the country

“As the president has always been saying that, we want to turn this crisis into an opportunity, Infact his excellency the president has formed a committee, which I happen to be a member, chaired by Prof Frimpong Boateng, that we have been charged to come out with the production of vaccines in this country for the sub region,” he said.

Dr Nsiah Asare added “What we want to do is to position Ghana in such a way that we can be a manufacturer of vaccines not only COVID 19 but all other vaccines for the Africa Region, this is what we are doing, we have started work and we believe that we will get there.”

He said government is prepared to tap into the expertise of Ghanaian scientist across the globe to make the manufacturing of vaccines a reality.

“And then at least If for nothing at all we should be able to package, that’s the beginning of how to make vaccine like the Indians have been doing, why can’t we do it. We have the scientist all over, we will bring them back home to come and assist, with the knowledge they have acquired there,”

The Presidential advisor on health is optimistic Ghana will soon be less dependent on other countries for vaccines with the manufacturing of locally made vaccines.

He added “There is a plan already, we have started working, we are going to work and come out with to bring a good plan, that will be implemented who knew that Ghana we can make our own PPE; now we are manufacturing our own PPE’ which has been accepted by the Ghana Standards Authority and the Foods and Drugs Authority.”

Meanwhile government is hoping to begin vaccination against COVID 19 the viral disease in the first week of March.

Fred Dzakpata

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