Ghana must be cautious over “expiring” Covid-19 vaccines- Journalist warns

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The Managing Editor at the Enquirer News Paper, Mr P.K Mayanbe has raised an alarm over Ghana’s plan to get Covid-19 vaccines which expire in June.

According to him, DR Congo received 1.7 million on March 4, 2021 but as at last week, they had only administered about 400,000 doses.

Despite having about 1.3 million left, Mr P.K Mayanbe said the vaccines sent to DR Congo will expire on June 4th 2021.

On the other hand, Ghana, which has also administered the first dose of the vaccine has not been able to secure a reasonable number for the administration of the second dose hence plans to go for that of Dr Congo.

The National Enquirer also reported that Ghana will receive 350, 000 expiring covid-19 vaccine from UNICEF.

Speaking with Ekourba Gyasi Simpremu, on Atinka TV’s morning show, Ghana Nie, Mr P.K Mayanbe said about two weeks ago at a Programme, a UNICEF Representative said UNICEF and manufacturers of the vaccine had done a lot of work to supply the vaccine to African countries.

He noted that because there is shortage of vaccine in some African Countries including Ghana, UNICEF decided that Dr Congo redistributes its vaccine, which expires in 60 days, to other five African countries including Ghana, Senegal, Togo, Nigeria.

He said the Health Minister, Mr Kwaku Agyeman Manu who was at the same programme said the President was leading a crusade to encourage countries that have not used all their vaccines to redistribute them to Ghana to complement the administration of the second dose.

“It will expire by 4th June and so whoever takes it after that time will have issues because by then, its effectiveness might reduce,” he warned.

Ghana|| Porcia Oforiwaa Ofori