President Akufo-Addo has appointed Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng to lead a committee to help Ghana produce an action plan on how the country can develop and manufacture its own vaccines for the covid-19.
The President, in his 24th national address, said the decision is to reiterate his position in manufacturing local products to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
He described the former Minister of Environment, Sceince and Technology as a world-renowned scientist with the experience to help Ghana develop the vaccine.
“I want to reiterate my determination that we should manufacture vaccines here in Ghana. To this end, 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,” the President said.
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo will today, Monday, March 1, 2021, take the vaccine.
He would be joined by the First Lady Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, the Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and his wife, Mrs. Samira Bawumia, the Second Lady.
He also disputed claims that taking the vaccine will alter the DNA of individuals.
”Taking the vaccine will not alter your DNA, it will not embed a tracking device in your body, neither will it cause infertility in women or in men. As your President, I want to assure you that the vaccine is safe. That is why tomorrow, on Monday, 1st March, ahead of the commencement of the vaccination programme on Tuesday, 2nd March, my wife the First Lady, the Vice President, his wife the Second Lady, and I will take the vaccine publicly at two (2) health facilities in Accra.”
According to him, ”key public officials such as the Speaker and Members of Parliament, the Chief Justice and Justices of the Superior Court of Judicature, Chairperson and Members of the Council of State, the Chief of Staff and senior officials at the Office of the President, and prominent personalities like some Eminent Clergy, the National Chief Imam, the Asantehene, the Ga Mantse, and some media practitioners will also, on Tuesday, take the jab publicly. This is being done because the vaccine will help protect us against the impact of COVID-19 on our health. It is also a major catalyst to restoring livelihoods and the national economy to the robust level it belongs.”
Meanwhile, he has admonished Ghanaians not to let their guard down because the vaccines were in.
“We cannot afford to let our guard down. Let us continue to wash our hands under running water, maintain social distancing, refrain from shaking hands and hugging, and, most importantly, wear our masks.”