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Ghana: Government needs to answer for its handling of Coronavirus

By The Africa Report
Posted on Friday, 2 July 2021 17:51, updated on Thursday, 15 July 2021 12:18

Ghana launches COVID-19 vaccination campaign
A health worker receives the coronavirus disease vaccine during the vaccination campaign at the Ridge Hospital in Accra, Ghana March 2, 2021. REUTERS/Francis Kokoroko

President Nana Akufo-Addo's administration is under pressure by the opposition, as well as civic activists, to respond to confusion surrounding its (particularly financial) handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

There are two main points of concern: the procurement of vaccines and the price of testing.

The Ghanaian Ministry of Health reportedly agreed to buy 300,000 vails of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine at $19 each from Sheik Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum (a member of the UAE’s ruling family). Buying these vaccines directly from the Russian government would have been at a much lower cost of $10 each.

“The Ministry in Accra issued a detailed rebuttal claiming it had exhausted all efforts to engage with the Russian government, and had no option but to pursue the Dubai route,” reports Africa Confidential.