Russia’s RDIF sovereign wealth fund said on Saturday that Ghana had granted emergency authorisation for the use of the Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19, becoming the 31st country to do so, and the fifth African state.
The Russian vaccine was approved by the West African country’s health ministry, the Russian Direct Investment Fund said in a statement.
Health Minister-designate, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu has told Ghanaians to make themselves available for vaccination against the coronavirus infection when the vaccines arrive into the country.
He said the only way to reduce the rate of the infection to the lowest level is through vaccination hence, every individual in the country should accept the immunization.
Speaking at a public engagement on COVID-19 vaccination roll out plan in Ghana in Accra on Friday February 19, the Dormaa Central lawmaker said Ghana has success stories on vaccinations hence, the public should not entertain any fear over the impending COVID-19 vaccination.
“Luckily,” he said, “in Ghana we have success stories to tell with vaccines in children. Measles, polio, tetanus, we have used vaccines to try to prevent our kids from getting them.
‘So now, vaccines shouldn’t be a new thing for us. The only new thing we are going to add on to the battle that we have fought since last year is the vaccines.
“If we are able to go round to the country and vaccinate everybody we believe our problem with Covid-19 will begin to go down,” he said.