President's Advisor on Health, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare has revealed that the country is expecting 12 million more doses of the COVAX AstraZeneca vaccines made by the India-based Serum Institute of India.
According to Dr Asare, the COVAX initiative only budgeted for 6.3 million Ghanaians which is about 20 percent of the country's population to be given a two-shot vaccination.
"COVAX is giving about 20 percent of the population, which means that it about 6.3 million Ghanaians that have been budgeted for under COVAX which we not paid for," he revealed on Citi TV's 'Point of View' program on February 24, 2021.
Giving a two-shot vaccination would mean a total of 12.6 million doses of the vaccine is needed to be able to vaccinate all the 6.3 million Ghanaians that COVAX budgeted for.
However, on the morning of February 24, 2021, a consignment of 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine was delivered from India. This means that out of the 12.6 million doses expected from COVAX; 600,000 has been received leaving the remaining 12 million yet to be shipped down.
Meanwhile, the vaccination is expected to start on March 2 and the first persons to be vaccinated, according to reports, is President Akuffo-Addo; his wife, Rebecca Akufo Addo and their children.