The authorities is anticipating greater than 18 million extra doses of COVID-19 vaccines within the coming days to enhance the nationwide battle towards the virus.
The anticipated consignment will comprise 1,330,270 doses of Pfizer from the US authorities by COVAX; 834,729 doses of AstraZeneca from the governments of UK, Denmark, Norway and the European Union additionally by COVAX, and a bilateral engagement with Germany for the supply of over 16 million doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccines.
The Presidential Advisor on Health, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare, who disclosed this in Kumasi this week, has charged well being staff and the science group within the nation to enhance the general public training marketing campaign to maintain the battle towards COVID-19.
He stated there was an excessive amount of misinformation within the system, notably on social media, that sought to impede the federal government’s response to the pandemic, and urged well being staff to become involved to right such misinformation and disinformation.
He stated some individuals who nonetheless believed that the virus was not actual had been instigating individuals towards taking the jabs.
Delivering the keynote tackle on the opening of the Ninth Biennial Science convention of the College of Health Sciences of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) final Wednesday, Dr. Nsiah-Asare defined that “vaccines are what we need.
Once you take the vaccine, you don’t get very sick, and if you even get the virus you don’t die and you don’t easily infect people.
“Once we have a lot of people vaccinated, then we cut down on the number of the vulnerable people in society and then we are winning the fight,” he stated.
He stated although the nation had made progress within the battle towards the illness, “I must admit and emphasise that the battle is still far from over”.
He stated the current resurgence of native COVID-19 instances “serves a reminder to us that we must not relent in our effort in the fight against the pandemic”.
Dr. Nsiah-Asare defined that with the emergence of latest and extra contagious strains of the virus, the federal government’s rapid and overarching plan was to speed up vaccination so as to obtain herd immunity and minimise transmission.
“The government is committed to obtaining sufficient vaccines in order to make vaccines a national public good that is available to all citizens,” he stated.
Even although the final word aim is to vaccinate all the nation, he stated the preliminary goal was to vaccinate 20 million individuals segmented by inhabitants teams and geography, excluding youngsters beneath 18 years and pregnant girls.
“As additional data safety becomes available, the vaccination will be expanded to cover children and pregnant women,” he assured.
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