COVID-19 Vaccine:  Pratt criticises government over jubilation

Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr has vented his fury at the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo administration for its jubilation following the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines in the country.

According to Mr Pratt, currently, the vaccines in the country are “so woefully inadequate” and does not call for jubilation like seen earlier today.

The government of Ghana organised a short ceremony to usher in, the arrival of 600, 000 doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines made by the Serum Institute of India (Covishield)..

The ceremony which was televised live on Ghana Television (GTV) and also on the Ministry of Information’s Facebook page saw the Minister-designate, Kwaku  Agyeman-Manu lead delegation to take the delivery at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

Speaking on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana hosted by Annie Efua Ampofo on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, the seasoned journalist questioned the usefulness of the ceremony in the face of inadequate health facilities to cater for Covid-19 patients.

“Some countries are vaccinating one million people a day and you bring 11,000 vaccines and we are shouting hallelujah. You are doing live coverage of the arrival of 11,000 vaccines,” Mr Pratt wondered.

“When do we do live coverage?“ he quizzed adding “we do live coverages for things that are extraordinary.”

Kwesi Pratt added, “You are bringing in vaccines at a time 67% of your population and more are rejecting the vaccine and there’s no public education.“


Ghana’s Covid-19 vaccine deployment plan

The Information Minister-designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said Ghana will begin the Covid-19 vaccination on March 2.

“This is the first consignment of vaccines acquired through the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX) which Ghana, among 92 countries, has signed unto.”

He said the Covid-19 vaccination will be conducted in phases among segmented populations.

According to him, “the first segment of the population that will receive from the 600,000 doses will be health workers, adults 60 years and over, people with underlying health conditions, frontline executive, legislature, judiciary and their related staff, frontline security personnel, some religious leaders, essential workers and teachers.”

He stated other personalities in Greater Accra Metro including Awutu Senya and Awutu Senya East in the Central Region will receive the doses.

“A similar segmented population in the Greater Kumasi Metro and Obuasi municipality will also be covered.”

By: Bernard Ralph Adams

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