The Ghana Health Service has disclosed that the country is expecting to receive a total of 18,742,610 doses of Covid-19 vaccines within the last three months of the year.

Breaking it down, Director-General of the Service, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, at a press conference on Sunday, noted that it consists of AstraZeneca; 834,720, Pfizer; 1,330,290, and Johnson and Johnson; 16,577,600.

He further explained that aside the AstraZeneca and Pfizer, which are donations from developed countries and COVAX, the total consignment ofJohnson and Johnson was procured by government through the Africa United platform.

According to him, should all the consignment arrive as foretold, “a total of 16,777,100 people will be vaccinated by the end of the year.”

In view of this, Dr Kuma-Aboagye expressed optimism that his outfit will vaccinate at least 20 million citizens against the Covid-19 disease by the end of 2021.

The Director-General indicated that although the country’s vaccination drive experienced a setback due to a global shortage of vaccines, his outfit remains hopeful of achieving herd immunity within three months.

According to him, now that vaccines are available, the government has instituted measures to easily access them for procurement and administration.

“Ghana can do between 300 and 400 thousand vaccines in a week. And if we expand, we can even do a million. In 2020 within four days, we vaccinated 6 million people against Yellow Fever.

“So it is possible, once the vaccines are available, we can accomplish this,” he told the media on Saturday.

Herd immunity against the deadly virus has been the government’s primary objective since a vaccine for Covid-19 was discovered in 2020.

President Akufo-Addo in February announced that although his administration seeks to vaccinate the entire population, he aims to vaccinate 20 million of the populace by the end of the year.

Meanwhile, according to the vaccination update on the Ghana Health Service website, 1,271,393 total vaccine doses have been administered as of July 14, 2021.



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