President Akuffo-Addo has finally commissioned the National Vaccine Institute which was initiated in February 2021.
According to the president, the institute which was commissioned on May 10, 2023, at Cantonments in Accra will reduce the country’s dependence on unreliable sources for vaccines like what happened during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“At the height of Covid-19, I announced to Ghanaians my determination and dedication to manufacture vaccines here in Ghana,’’ the president stated during the event which 1Family Radio monitored.
“We had to take immediate, crucial steps to ensure that we wouldn’t ever again be victims or pawns of the global vaccine order as a result of the vaccine nationalism that was demonstrated by the developed world with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. It was imperative that we took our destiny into our own hands,” he said.
He continued; “for this reason that I set-up, on 28th February 2021, the Vaccine Manufacturing Committee, which, by Act of Parliament, has now been transformed into the National Vaccine Institute, to which we have committed $25 million in the vaccine production enterprise, initially, to coordinate and facilitate the capacity of domestic pharmaceutical companies to fil, finish and package mRNA Covid-19, malaria and tuberculosis vaccines, and, ultimately, to manufacture them here in Ghana,’’ President Akuffo Added.
He also urged the institute to expedite their action on local vaccine production in the country. The institute is chaired by Dr. Anarfi Asamoah-Baah, the Head of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19.