– President Akufo-Addo will address the nation on Covid-19 vaccines
– Ghana has received its first batch of vaccines
– The vaccines are under the COVAX facility of the European Union
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President Akufo-Addo is expected to address the nation on Sunday evening of February 28. The import of the president’s statement will be on the national vaccine program for the Covid-19 spread.
His address will also see him give an update on the state of recent restrictions he introduced – regarding the ban on public gatherings (parties, weddings).
Ghana has experienced a second wave of the virus amid the discovery of a variant. Meanwhile, the country was the first in the world to take stock of 600,000 Covid-19 vaccines under the Covax facility of the European Union.
FDA on vaccine development
The Chief Executive Officer of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Delese Mimi Darko said Ghana is on the verge of manufacturing her own COVID-19 vaccine.
The country has so far recorded over 80,000 cases of the deadly coronavirus with over 500 deaths.
Speaking on Accra-based Asaase FM on Thursday, February 25, 2021, Darko said a committee had been engaged to look at “researching into our own vaccine.”
“And we are looking to fully establish a vaccine manufacturing plant in Ghana,” she added.
Ghana receives vaccine
Ghana on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, as part of the UN-led COVAX Facility took delivery of some 600,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine licensed to the Serum Institute of India (AZ/SII) arrived at the Kotoka International Airport on an Emirates Airlines cargo, EK787.
Sky News, a known media house in the United Kingdom has described Ghana as part of the world’s poorest people in a COVID-19 related report.
In the post sighted by YEN.com.gh on the verified Instagram handle of the organization, it made the statement after 600,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Ghana.
All over the world, Ghana was hailed for being the first country to obtain the COVAX, but Sky News decided to go on a route that has highly misrepresented the West African country.
This is not the first time a success in the African space has been marred by unfair journalistic reporting by foreign media houses.
Previously, some top Ghanaian personalities poured their hearts out regarding an undeniably defamatory and racist report on Thomas Partey by the United Kingdom’s TheSun.co.uk.
The UK Media reported that Thomas Partey enjoyed a massive welcome to Arsenal and went on to say that he had come a long way from a “poverty-stricken existence in Ghana”.
The piercing unprofessional nature of the lede was toned down at the time YEN.com.gh filed this report as the existence of the talented footballer has now been described as “humble”.
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