Combating COVID-19: Prez. Akufo-Addo revises deadline for vaccinating 20 million Ghanaians
President Akufo-Addo has revised the deadline for vaccinating 20 million Ghanaians before the end of 2021.
The president’s revised deadline is to hit the target by the end of the first quarter of 2022.
“That 20 million target, we may not (be able to) reach (it) this year. But we believe by the end of the first quarter next year, we would have attained (it).”
This declaration was made during an interview with Forbes Africa.
The Ghana Health Service declared December the ‘Month of Vaccination’ in hopes of meeting government’s target but fell short of achieving it.
President Akufo-Addo further reiterated government’s commitment to producing its own vaccines.
“We are in the process of creating a national vaccine institute led by very capable and world-class Ghanaian scientists, and we are hoping that by next year, it will be up and running, so we can find strong capabilities to find vaccines for our people.”
Currently, 2.6 million Ghanaians are fully vaccinated out of its over 31 million population amid a fourth wave of COVID-19.
As at December 29, Ghana’s active cases stood 9,534.
Ghana has so far confirmed 141,295 cases of the virus with 1,287 deaths.