The Manager of the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Kwame Amponsa-Achiano, has given an assurance that the country would soon take delivery of over 1.2 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines.
He said although the GHS was expecting delivery before the close of the month, actual timelines could not be given due to manufacturers’ given condition which makes them the pre-determinants of delivery timelines.
Speaking to the Daily Graphic on the sidelines of a coronavirus (COVID-19) event in Accra yesterday (July 13), he emphasized: “I can’t be sure of the exact time it’s coming in, but we have indications from the manufacturer that we should expect it anytime. Manufacturers are normally the re-determinants of delivery timelines.
“But once you have documentations you are assured that when it’s ready the manufacturers would send you documents to track delivery. But we don’t have that now meaning the manufacturers are still producing. Because of pressure globally, everybody is dependent on the same market,” he said.
Dr Amponsa-Achiano further stressed that stakeholders in vaccine administration were more concerned about those who had not received jabs of the COVID-19 vaccine at all.
Therefore, the Pfizer consignment is targeted at those people.
AstraZeneca second doses
Dr Amponsa-Achiano also gave the assurance that those who have taken the first shots of the AstraZeneca vaccines, would have the second shots. He, however, could not give the exact timelines, though he remained hopeful that it would be by next month.
“For those waiting to receive the second dose of the AstraZeneca, that one would come in next month. But once again, although we are very certain about the fact that it’s coming next month, we are not definite about the date.
“Initially the supplier said late July and now they are saying early August. We are, however, confident that next month we would receive more of the AstraZeneca,” he said.