Ghana to establish National Vaccine Institute to spearhead development of COVID-19 Vaccines locally

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President Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo Speaks on Covid-19 Vaccine
President Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo Speaks on Covid-19 Vaccine

Ghana is scheduled to begin the production of COVID-19 vaccines locally.

Speaking during his 26th address to the nation on measures taken against the spread of COVID-19 in the country, the President of Ghana Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo indicated that the country will establish a National Vaccine Institute .

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According to the President, the National Vaccine Institute to be established by the country is to spearhead this development of COVID-19 vaccines locally.

He further added that the Government of Ghana under his leadership will invest an amount of twenty five million United States dollars (US$25 million) this year into the development of COVID-19 vaccines locally under the National Vaccine Institute.

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A portion of President Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s statement said ;

“The global shortage of vaccines means that we must develop our capacity to produce our own vaccines domestically, and reduce our dependence on foreign supplies. We must be self-sufficient in this regard in the future, and prepare ourselves better to deal with any such occurrences in the future.

To this end, the Committee I established, under the leadership of the world-renowned Ghanaian scientist, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, to investigate Ghana’s potential as a vaccine manufacturing hub to meet national and regional needs, has presented its preliminary report which, amongst others, recommends the establishment of a National Vaccine Institute to spearhead this development.

Government has committed to inject seed funding of some twenty five million United States dollars (US$25 million) this year into this whole enterprise..”

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The National Vaccine Institute to be established by the Government of Ghana is charged with delivering on the following mandates

1. Establishing local vaccine manufacturing plants;

2. Deepening Research & Development (R&D) for vaccines in Ghana;

3. Upgrading and strengthening the FDA;

4. Forging bilateral and multilateral partnerships for vaccine manufacturing in various areas, such as funding, clinical trials, technology transfer, licensing, and assignment of intellectual property rights;

5. Building the human resource base for vaccine discovery, development, and manufacture; and

6. Establishing a permanent national secretariat to coordinate vaccine development and manufacture.

SOURCE : CoverGhana.com.gh

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