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Germany to support Ghana in Covid-19 vaccine production locally 

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh
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German ambassador to Ghana Christoph Retzlaff has in a tweet revealed that Germany is supporting Ghana to produce Covid-19 vaccines locally.

According to him, "Germany is supporting Ghana to do a feasibility study on vaccine production in Ghana. Leading global German pharmaceutical companies are also starting cooperation projects."

Meanwhile, the Government of Ghana has received medical supplies from the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) for the treatment and management of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The medical items were funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the German Government (BMZ), the European Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission and WAHO and procured by GIZ and UNDP.

This is the second bulk of distribution of critical COVID-19 medical supplies to the 15-member countries of ECOWAS by WAHO.

The items include face masks, protective goggles, overalls, gloves, oxygen concentrators, and pulse oxymitters.

The donation forms part of a $50 million support facility to ECOWAS to enhance the regional fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Receiving the items, the Chief Director of the Ministry of Health, Mr. Kwabena Boadu Oku-Afari, on behalf of the Minister for Health, expressed the government’s gratitude to WAHO and its partners for their support.

He underlined the importance of the items which he said will enhance testing and treatment of the COVID-19 cases in the country.

The Head of Logistics at the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Surveillance and Disease Control, Mr. Sampson Ayeni who led the team to donate the items, was hopeful that the supply would be efficiently used.