President Akufo-Addo this evening delivered his update number 24 on measures taken by his government to combat the spread of the novel Coronavirus.

Below is a summary of what he said…

• The Covid vaccines are in. And tomorrow, March 1, he will publicly take his. Also to do so:

First Lady, Vice President, Second Lady and his wife will take first jabs tomorrow.

• Also to follow in the same action on March 2: senior government officials, senior judiciary figures, legislature, Members of the Council of State, Otumfuo, Ga Mantse, some media personalities.

• Public rollout of the vaccines begins on Tuesday, March 2 until March 15. What will be given to everyone is the now-available AstraZeneca vealone.

• President enumerated different categories of people to take the jabs, in order of need. Group 1 are the highest priority and they will start getting theirs from Tuesday.

• 43 epicenter vaccination centers will be the venues for the jabs. 20 of these are in Accra alone.

● Ghana is working at developing and manufacture vaccines here.

• Ghana targetting vaccinating 20 million Ghanaians by the end of 2021 – President Akufo-Addo.

• Although two vaccines – AstraZeneca and Sputnik V – have been approved, as and when FDA think more (or less) versions should be given to the public, it will be done.

• Due to the continuing increase in cases and deaths, all restrictions from the last update will remain.

• Police will continue to ensure compliance by all and sundry. We can’t let our guard down even after vaccinating. Protocols must be observed.

• He reminded us that the average daily case count is now 400, down from 700 from the last covid update.

• Since schools reopened, 207 schools have recorded cases.

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