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Ghana on course to vaccinate 17m people against COVID-19, says Akufo-Addo

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Ghana is on course to get at least 17.6 million people vaccinated against COVID-19 pandemic by the end of June, President Nana Akufo-Addo has said.

In a televised speech late Sunday, he said the government is working with bilateral and multilateral partners to achieve its aim to vaccinate the entire population.

“I indicated our intention to procure our first consignment of the COVID vaccines within the first half of this year,’’ Akufo-Addo said.

“Much work has been done toward the realisation of this.’’

The president said the Food and Drugs Authority would use its established processes for granting emergency-use-authorisation for each vaccine in Ghana.

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“The earliest vaccine will be in the country by March,’’ he said.

“We aim to vaccinate the entire population, with an initial target of 20 million people,’’ Akufo-Addo said.

“I assure you that only vaccines evaluated and declared as safe-for-use in Ghana will be administered.’’

The president said the government would continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, urging citizens to fully embrace the safety protocols.

Police personnel have been deployed across the country to enforce preventive measures such as the wearing of face masks in public.

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