President Akufo-Addo Takes Covid-19 Vaccine, Urges Ghanaians to Ignore “Unfounded” Conspiracy Theories about Eradication of Africans

The Government of Ghana on February 24, 2021, took delivery of 600,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to support its effort in fighting the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic. This was announced in a statement signed by Mr. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Representative of the President, in Accra.

 

The vaccine which is made by the Serum Institute of India (Covishield), is the first consignment of vaccines acquired through the Covid-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX), which Ghana, among 92 countries had signed unto. Thus, Ghana becomes the first country worldwide to receive vaccines from the COVAX facility.

 

In his 24th update and address to the Nation on measures taken against the spread of Covid-19 on Sunday, February 28, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo asked Ghanaians to dismiss conspiracy theorists who believe that the vaccines have been created to wipe out the African race. “This is far from the truth”, he said.

 

He hinted that he and the Vice President and their spouses (the First and Second Ladies) as well as some eminent persons will be taking the vaccine publicly today Monday, March 1, 2021, before the vaccines are deployed in 43 epicentre-districts across the country, starting Tuesday, March 2.

 

President Akufo-Addo stated that the country’s regulatory agency, the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), which is one of the most reputable in Africa and globally, has certified the safe use of the vaccines and there should therefore be no cause for alarm. “As your President, I want to assure you that the vaccine is safe”, he reiterated.   

 

He called on faith-based groups, the media and civil society to support the public education campaign associated with the exercise to make it a success. The President also hinted at plans for Ghana to manufacture her own vaccines soon.

 

“A committee has been established under the chairmanship of the former Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, the world-renowned scientist, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, which is formulating a concrete plan of action towards vaccine development and manufacturing”, President Akufo-Addo said.  

 

He urged the public to continue to adhere to safety protocols—of wearing masks, hand washing, observing social distance and obeying all restrictions that are still in force. Through a national vaccine deployment plan, the population has been segmented into four groups, in the order of which the doses will be administered. The first group is made up of persons considered most at risk and state frontline officials, including frontline members of the Executive, the Legislature, the Judiciary, frontline healthcare workers, frontline security personnel, persons with underlying medical conditions and persons 60 years and above.